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Patrolman James Duane Hoff | Reno Police Department, Nevada Reno Police Department, Nevada


James Duane Hoff

Reno Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch: Monday, June 25, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Patrolman James Hoff was stabbed to death after being abducted during an undercover narcotics transaction.

Patrolman Hoff was posing as a drug dealer and had agreed to meet a buyer later in the night to conduct a transaction. The buyer and an accomplice, however, were planning on murdering the dealer and recruited two additional accomplices.

Shortly after Patrolman Hoff met the buyer the surveillance equipment in his car malfunctioned and his backup officers were unable to hear what was occurring. The suspects were able to abduct him and stabbed him to death before dumping his body near the Dog Valley Road summit.

All four suspects, ages 16 to 20, were convicted of Patrolman Hoff's murder. The 20 year-old suspect was sentenced to death. On October 27, 2011, the Nevada State Supreme Court upheld his conviction for the third time. He is the longest serving inmate on Nevada's death row. The other three suspects were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Patrolman Hoff had served with the Reno Police Department for seven years.

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