The Missouri State Highway Patrol will award two of its highest honors for a civilian on Friday.
The Honorary Trooper Certificate will be awarded to Julie Nordman, and posthumously to Randy Nordman for their help in stopping a 2016 killing spree that claimed five lives by an illegal immigrant.
The gunman, 43-year-old Pablo Serrano-Vitorino, started in Kansas City, Kansas where he killed four, before fleeing across I-70. His vehicle broke down outside the Nordman’s home in east-central Missouri’s New Florence. Randy Nordman confronted the rifle-wielding man and managed to wrestle away the magazine, leaving the killer only one round, which was eventually used to kill Mr. Nordman. His wife Julie dialed 911 and stayed on the phone during the ordeal, allowing officers to set up a perimeter and capture the fugitive after the 17-hour crime spree.
Serrano-Vitorino was charged with four counts of first-degree murder in Kansas for the deaths of 36-year-old Jeremy Waters, 41-year-old Michael Capps, and brothers 27-year-old Clint Harter, and 29-year-old Austin Harter. Serrano-Vitorino lived next door to Capps. He was accused of bursting into Capps’ home with a rifle and shooting all four men before fleeing to Missouri. He was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and armed criminal action in Missouri.
The killings received nationwide attention in the debate over immigration. Serrano-Vitorino was a Mexican national who had been deported from the United States in 2004 and illegally re-entered the country at an unknown time, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Serrano-Vitorino hanged himself in his jail cell in April 2019.