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.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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Officer Underwood,
On, today, the 44th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow CO who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Ohio. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


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July 24, 2017

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