Montana Law Enforcement Museum

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Officer Stephen A. LePiane

Missoula Police Department

Department Patch

Officer LePiane was killed when a drunk driver broadsided his cruiser at about 0200 hours. He was following another officer to back him up on a traffic stop when a vehicle ran a stop sign at a high rate of speed and struck his patrol car on the driver's side door. Although he was wearing his seatbelt the impact caused him to be ejected from the vehicle. The other officer observed the accident in his mirror and immediately turned around. The suspect was apprehended and charged with negligent homicide. Officer LePiane had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife, two sons, father, and three siblings.

End of Watch:
November 5, 1982
On the Force:
3 years