MN State Trooper Charged in Death of Olivia Flores

Published On: July 10th, 20240.6 min readCategories: Local News, News
MN State Patrol

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Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Shane Roper faces criminal charges following a fatal crash that claimed the life of 18-year-old Olivia Flores near Rochester’s Apache Mall in May. Charged with second-degree manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide, Roper is also accused of reckless driving and causing other serious injuries. Authorities allege Roper, who remains on paid leave, was speeding without lights or sirens before colliding with Flores’ vehicle and another car. The charges highlight Roper’s history of reckless driving while on duty, including previous squad car crashes. The State Patrol expressed condolences and emphasized that Roper’s actions contradict their core values.

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