Police Officer Clark Hamilton Curlette

Police Officer Clark Hamilton Curlette

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, April 1, 1976

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Clark Hamilton Curlette

Police Officer Clark Curlette, Police Thomas Hodges, and Police Officer Frank D'Azevedo were shot and killed at 6:45 pm while conducting an investigation into stolen driver's licenses.

Officer Curlette and Officer Hodges were waiting in a motel parking lot at Harding Avenue and 86th Street, while Officer D'Azevedo made a purchase of the stolen licenses approximately one block away. While in the parking lot, Officer Hodges and Officer Curlette noticed a car they suspected of being stolen. The two officers went to the motel manager and asked about the car.

The manager informed them that the car belonged to a guest and told them which room the guest was staying in. As the officers went to the room, the manager called the guest to warn him the officers were coming. When the officers knocked on the door, the suspect opened fire with a double-barrel 12 gauge shotgun. Officer Hodges was struck in the face and Officer Curlette was struck in the abdomen.

When Officer D'Azevedo heard the shots, he immediately ran back to the motel and found his partners' bodies. He saw the suspect running from the scene and began to chase him on foot. The suspect turned a corner, crouched down, and waited for Officer D'Azevedo. Officer D'Azevedo was shot when he came around the corner. The suspect fled the scene and committed suicide a short time later.

Officer Curlette had been employed with the Metro-Dade Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age Not available
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 1138

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Committed suicide

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I was part of the MDPD Crime Prevention Unit of NE District Station 6 and was one the first officers on the scene that night. This was one of the first LODDs I experienced during my career at MDPD from 1974-1986.

Sergeant Bernie Loos
Retired Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office

January 19, 2019

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