Correctional Officer Gary P. Underwood

Correctional Officer Gary P. Underwood

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, July 24, 1973

Gary P. Underwood

Officer Underwood was accidentally shot and killed by another officer as guards overpowered an inmate who was holding him and two other guards hostage. The suspect had just shot and killed Officer Arthur Sprouse with a pistol that had been smuggled to him.

A guard who had recently been fired was charged with smuggling the gun to the inmate. The inmate, who was serving a life sentence for murder, was convicted of Officer Sprouse's murder and received another life sentence.

Officer Underwood had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Correctional Officer Gary P. Underwood of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio and the additional 64 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

July 24, 2018

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