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Officer Stephanie Rae Markins | Hobart / Lawrence Police Department, Wisconsin Hobart / Lawrence Police Department, Wisconsin

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Stephanie Rae Markins

Hobart / Lawrence Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Monday, July 22, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 730

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Stephanie Markins and Officer Robert Etter 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 it 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 Markins had seved with the Hobart/Lawrence Police Department for just one month, and previously was a police officer for three years with the Brillion Police Department.

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Officer Robert Galen Etter, Jr.
Hobart / Lawrence Police Department, Wisconsin
End of Watch: Monday, July 22, 2002
Cause: Vehicular assault

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Stephanie, I've been thinking of you during Police Week, 2016. Even though you were only with the Dept. for a couple of weeks, you will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service.

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

 

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