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Patrolman Mark C. DeCuypere | Hampton Police Department, Virginia Hampton Police Department, Virginia


Mark C. DeCuypere

Hampton Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, May 22, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 1 year, 8 months

Badge # 81

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/22/1975

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Patrolman DeCuypere was shot and killed after responding to the scene of a domestic dispute on Leeland Avenue. The male suspect had just killed his wife and in the front yard and was waiting in ambush for responding officers. Patrolman DeCuypere arrived at the scene and notified dispatch of his location. As he ended his radio call the suspect, who was hiding in behind a bush next to the driver's door of the patrol car, opened fire with a shotgun and struck Patrolman DeCuypere in the head.

The suspect remained in his hiding spot until EMTs arrived several minutes later. He began to approach the EMTs who were attending to the murdered wife when Patrolman DeCuypere's backup arrived. The suspect again returned to the bush to hide and then shot the other officer as he called in for backup. Although wounded, the officer was able to obtain his shotgun and shot and killed the suspect. Patrolman DeCuypere was transported to Dixie Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds several hours later.

Patrolman DeCuypere had been with the agency for 21 months and was survived by his wife, parents and two brothers.

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To my big Brother:

Mark.... this birthday I will turn 54. I can't believe that day in the hospital, when I was 15.

I have lived a lifetime without you. I loved so much,, and loosing you almost killed me... I even tried twice...

But I survived, and in time was able to face the pain.
Everything good in life,,, I learned from you and our father.

You would be proud of me today.
I can't wait to see you again one day.

Matthew J. DeCuypere
Little Brother Matthew
October 9, 2013


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