Police Officer Wayne Robert Rice

Police Officer Wayne Robert Rice

Waterloo Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Sunday, July 12, 1981

Wayne Robert Rice

Police Officer Wayne Rice and Police 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 subject struck Officer Rice on the head and gained control of his service weapon. The man 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 subject. The subject was apprehended and sentenced to two life terms in prison with no chance for parole.

The man died on March 18th, 2014, while still incarcerated.

Officer Rice had served with the Waterloo Police Department for two years.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Died in prison

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A real "Hero" taken.
You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County, NY Police Department

July 13, 2016

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