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Chief Deputy Sheriff Robert K. Hooker | Clinton County Sheriff's Department, Illinois Clinton County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

Chief Deputy Sheriff

Robert K. Hooker

Clinton County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 14, 1940

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 21 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Chief Deputy Robert Hooker was shot and killed as he and another deputy attempted to arrest two burglary suspects.

They located the two suspects based on information from a citizen. The two men led the officers on a short foot pursuit until Chief Deputy Hooker caught them and ordered both to surrender. One of the suspects produced a .38-caliber handgun and shot Chief Deputy Hooker twice in the head and once in the chest, killing him instantly. The other deputy returned fire, wounding one of the suspects.

Both suspects were able to escape after climbing a train but were arrested after a short time and later sentenced to life in prison.

Chief Deputy Hooker had served with the Clinton County Sheriff's Department for 21 years. He was survived by his wife.

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Chief Deputy Hooker's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 9-19-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
RPPD (IL)
September 19, 2016

 

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