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Police Officer Mark S. Decker | United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police Services, U.S. Government United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police Services, U.S. Government

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Mark S. Decker

United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police Services, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Friday, January 31, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Ohio

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to two life terms

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Police Officer Mark Decker and Police Officer Leonard Wilcox were shot and killed while attempting to question a suspicious man at the Brecksville VA Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Both officers were armed only with mace due to administrative guidelines.

While the officers were talking with the man he pulled out a .45 caliber handgun and shot Officer Decker, killing him instantly. Officer Wilcox attempted to run for cover, but the suspect chased him before shooting him as well.

Officer Decker was single and had served in law enforcement for 11 years.

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Police Officer Leonard B. Wilcox
United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police Services, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Friday, January 31, 1986
Cause: Gunfire

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I concur with others - bureacracy should have been listed as cause of death. Too many politicians are worried about their careers instead of public safety so they tie the hands of the men and women who are there to protect us. EVERY police officer should have the right to carry on and off duty, after all you are a cop 24/7, thank you and everyone else whose job it is to keep us safe.

Police Officer
Veteran of the United States Military
May 9, 2012

 

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