Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 11 months
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Handgun; .25 caliber
Offender: Sentenced to life
Officer Sprouse was shot and killed by an inmate who was able to obtain a firearm. The inmate then held three guards hostage for more than an hour. When guards rushed the suspect and subdued him, Officer Gary Underwood was accidentally shot and killed by one of the guards.
A guard who had recently been fired was charged with smuggling the gun to the inmate. The inmate, who was serving a life sentence for murder, received another life sentence August 15, 1973, when convicted of murdering Officer Sprouse.
Office Sprouse had served with the agency for 11 months. He was survived by his wife and five children.
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Correctional Officer Gary P. Underwood