Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 2 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 7/12/1981
Weapon: Officer's handgun
Suspect: Sentenced to life
Officer Wayne Rice and Officer Michael Hoing were shot and killed after responding to a noise complaint for the second time in one night. As Officer Hoing called for backup the suspect struck Officer Rice on the head and gained control of his service weapon. The suspect then shot Officer Rice once. Officer Hoing was able to return fire but was struck four times. Officer Rice succumbed to his injuries at the scene and Officer Hoing succumbed to injuries the following day at a local hospital.
Two days after the murders Deputy William Mullikin, of the Black Hack County Sheriff's Department, was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a reported sighting of the suspect. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to two life terms in prison with no chance for parole.
Officer Rice had served with the agency for two years.