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Senior Patrol Officer Dick Vernon Hobson, Jr. | Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

Senior Patrol Officer

Dick Vernon Hobson, Jr.

Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Monday, June 10, 1996

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 20 gauge

Offender: Shot and killed by other officers

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Officer Dick Hobson was shot and killed and his partner was shot and wounded after responding to the scene of a robbery. Both officers were in the same patrol car and gave pursuit of a man down an alley. When they couldn't find the suspect they exited the vehicle and entered the alley on foot.

As they continued their search, the suspect jumped out from behind a bush and shot at the officers with a 20 gauge shotgun. Officer Hobson, who was not wearing a vest, was struck in the chest and killed. His partner was struck in the leg.

Other officers who had responded to the scene returned fire and killed the suspect.

Officer Hobson had served with the agency for 18 years. He is survived by his two young children. Dino, Officer Hobson's canine, was retired and given to his family.

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Your courageous service is not forgotten my brother, rest in peace, and may the Lord bless your family always.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City PD, Michigan
June 13, 2016

 

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