Patrol Officer Clyde Warren "Hoppy" Pearson

Patrol Officer Clyde Warren "Hoppy" Pearson

Bossier City Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, December 17, 1972

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Clyde Warren "Hoppy" Pearson

Officer Clyde Pearson was shot and killed by a suspect he had just arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Officer Pearson placed the suspect in the back seat of his patrol car after he conducted a pat down search. The suspect drew a hidden pistol and shot Officer Pearson in the back of the head and killed him. The suspect then shot and wounded a state trooper who stepped outside of a nearby highway patrol station to investigate the shot.

The suspect escaped, but was later apprehended after a chase and shootout with police. The suspect was convicted of the murder of Officer Pearson and sentenced to life. In March of 2016 a parole board denied his request to reduce his sentence to 60 years which would have made him eligible for parole.

Officer Pearson had been employed with the Bossier City Police Department for four years, and is survived by his mother.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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"Hoppy" was my mother's nephew. He had no siblings himself; perhaps that is why he treated us with kindness and patience. As a little girl, after visiting the Pearson family, my brothers and sister and I would list all the things he had done that made us like him so much!
"We miss thy step upon the stair;
We miss thee at thine evening prayer;
All day we miss thee, everywhere."
- David Moir (modified)
We still remember you. You are our family hero.

Beth Stoddard Collins
Great niece

June 22, 2020

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