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Suspect In Trooper Death Arrested After Three-Day Manhunt

March 6, 1985

DESLOGE, Mo. (AP) _ Police using bloodhounds and helicopters on Tuesday tracked down and arrested a man wanted in the fatal shooting of a state trooper last weekend, authorities said.

Jerome Mallett, 26, was arrested without resistance behind a motel in Desloge at 7:15 p.m., said Corporal Jim Lee of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Mallet was charged in a warrant with the first-degree murder on Saturday of Trooper James M. Froemsdorf, 35, who was buried near Cape Girardeau on Tuesday, hours after the arrest. An honor guard of about 400 law officers from across the country stood at his grave.

Mallett was being held at a highway patrol office and would be transferred to a county jail or state prison, Lee said.

Froemsdorf apparently handcuffed Mallett on Saturday after stopping for a speeding violation, and he still wore the irons on one wrist when arrested, Lee said. Mallett forced his other hand out of the cuffs, gouging his wrist, he said.

Gov. John Ashcroft attended Froemsdorf’s funeral Tuesday morning. Squad cars and other vehicles formed a procession two miles long on the way to the cemetary.

The manhunt began in the Bonne Terre area, about 45 miles south of St. Louis, after Mallett was spotted running from his disabled vehicle into a wooded area about an hour after Froemsdorf was shot.

Froemsdorf handcuffed Mallett after learning by radio that he was wanted on charges in Texas when Mallett grabbed the trooper’s revolver and killed him with two shots to the neck and one to the left chest, said Patrol Lt. Ralph Biele.

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