Patrol Officer Clyde Warren "Hoppy" Pearson

Patrol Officer Clyde Warren "Hoppy" Pearson

Bossier City Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, December 17, 1972

Clyde Warren "Hoppy" Pearson

Officer Clyde Pearson was shot and killed by a suspect he had just arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Officer Pearson placed the suspect in the back seat of his patrol car after he conducted a pat down search. The suspect drew a hidden pistol and shot Officer Pearson in the back of the head and killed him. The suspect then shot and wounded a state trooper who stepped outside of a nearby highway patrol station to investigate the shot.

The suspect escaped, but was later apprehended after a chase and shootout with police. The suspect was convicted of the murder of Officer Pearson and sentenced to life. In March of 2016 a parole board denied his request to reduce his sentence to 60 years which would have made him eligible for parole.

Officer Pearson had been employed with the Bossier City Police Department for four years, and is survived by his mother.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

Most Recent Reflection

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I was driving home late to my mom's house on Waller Street and saw this vehicle and Officer Pearson pass me. I saw him pull the vehicle over on Barksdale Blvd. The next morning I discovered the outcome. Not thinking this could ever happen in my life, a few years ago I found it could happen twice, and even closer to home. I wish I could have changed the outcomes.

I'm sorry I wasn't there for Officer Pearson, and although I never met him, I've never forgotten him. He gave his life for others, a Hero.

Preston Prunty, U.S. Army Veteran
Blue Family

August 25, 2015

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