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Correctional Officer Arthur Sprouse | Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

Correctional Officer

Arthur Sprouse

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 24, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 11 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .25 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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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
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 24, 1973
Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Officer Sprouse,
On today, the 44th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow CO who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of of the state of Ohio. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.

R.I.P.
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United States Border Patrol
July 24, 2017

 

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