Investigator Mark Reid Tucker

Investigator Mark Reid Tucker

Wake County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, February 12, 2004

Mark Reid Tucker

Investigator Mark Tucker was shot and killed as he investigated shots being fired.

He observed the suspect firing a shotgun in a field. The suspect, who was on felony probation, thought he was going to be arrested for firearms possession so he shot and killed Investigator Tucker. His body was found next to his unmarked patrol car near the intersection of Holly Springs and Winding Oak Roads. His service weapon was still in its holster.

The suspect fled the scene but was apprehended two days later after investigator received a tip from a member of the community on a hotline that had been set up.

The man was arrested and charged with murder. Two other men were also arrested and charged with helping the suspect hide from police. The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. The two accomplices were sentenced to nine months in prison and 36 months of probation.

Investigator Tucker had served with the Wake County Sheriff's Office for 24 years and had also served with the United States Marshals Service for four years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, parents, sister, and three brothers.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge 236

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

weapons violation

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Hey sir, from what I can till it's been three years since I lieft a message for you. I'm sorry it has taken so long but I have a daughter and she takes up a lot of my time and if it's not her it's my fiancé Cassy. They're both my heart, my joy, my soul shine, and my everything! They made me feel like you did when you had me and Chad. It had to be the proudest moment for you to be a father/dad. I know it's one of my proudest moment. I'll never walk in your shoes but I have a pair of my own and they fit just fine. I promise to always make you proud of the man that I have become. I love you and I miss you with all my heart! I promise to talk to you in my prayers and always tell you I love you. I'll see you on the other side sir! I love you Mark!

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Son of Mark

March 22, 2017

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