Correctional Officer Gary P. Underwood

Correctional Officer Gary P. Underwood

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, July 24, 1973

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Gary P. Underwood

Correctional Officer Gary 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 two years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

crossfire, escape attempt

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Thank you for your service and today we take the time to remind you and your family that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 24, 2020

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