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Officer Robert Galen Etter, Jr. | Hobart / Lawrence Police Department, Wisconsin Hobart / Lawrence Police Department, Wisconsin

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Robert Galen Etter, Jr.

Hobart / Lawrence Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Monday, July 22, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 33 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Officer Robert Etter and Officer Stephanie Markins were killed when the driver of a full-size pickup truck deliberately struck their patrol car while it was stopped at a stop sign in the 3800-block of West Mason Street (Highway 54) at 4:22 pm.

As the suspect approached the patrol car, he accelerated to approximately 70 mph and struck the patrol car on the driver's side without ever applying his brakes. Officer Etter, sitting in the passenger's seat, was ejected from the patrol car and Officer Markins was pinned inside. Both officers died at the scene. The suspect, who was out looking to kill a police officer, was arrested.

The suspect was found guilty of first degree intentional homicide in 2003 and sentenced to at least 50 years in prison.

Officer Etter had served with the DePere Police Department for 30 years, and with the Pulaski Police Department for two years before joining the 5-person Hobart/Lawrence Police Department in March 2001 when it was created. He had previously served in Vietnam with the United States Army and is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.

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Officer Stephanie Rae Markins
Hobart / Lawrence Police Department, Wisconsin
End of Watch: Monday, July 22, 2002
Cause: Vehicular assault

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Thinking of you, Bob, during Police Week 2016. Just talked about you yesterday. : ) Miss you & wish that awful July 22, 2002 never happened.

Thank you for all your years of service.

Lorie Francar, Records
Hobart/Lawrence Police Dept.
May 19, 2016

 

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