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Patrolman First Class John Mark Hardy | Abbeville Police Department, Louisiana Abbeville Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman First Class

John Mark Hardy

Abbeville Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 23, 1992

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/23/1992

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Suspect: Sentenced to life in prison

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Patrolman John Hardy was shot and killed when he made a traffic stop. He was in the process of arresting the driver of the vehicle on outstanding warrants when the passenger of the vehicle walked up behind him and shot him in the head point-blank with a .45 caliber handgun.

The suspect was apprehended, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Hardy had been with the department for 2 1/2 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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I had just received a job offer from the Arizona Highway Patrol. I was excited while still on terminal leave from ten years active duty in the USMC. I called home on 12/24/92 to wish my Mom a Merry Christmas and give her the good news. She was not too excited and asked me "Are you sure that's what you and to do?" I was confused. Then she dropped the bomb. I told her, Well now I have no choice, I have to. John was my 1st cousin. We grew up together. We were the same age. I've just completed my 20th year as an AZ State Trooper and of course I think of John often. Him and the many others I've known who gave all. I'll see you when I get there Cousin.

Officer Eric Weaver
AZ DPS
July 13, 2013

 

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