Police Officer Mark S. Decker

Police Officer Mark S. Decker

United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police Services, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, January 31, 1986

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Mark S. Decker

Police Officer Mark Decker and Police Officer Leonard Wilcox were shot and killed while attempting to question a suspicious man at the Brecksville VA Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Both officers were armed only with mace due to administrative guidelines.

While the officers were talking with the man he pulled out a .45 caliber handgun and shot Officer Decker, killing him instantly. Officer Wilcox attempted to run for cover, but the suspect chased him before shooting him as well.

The 28-year-old suspect was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to two life terms. He will be eligible for parole on October 1, 2046.

Officer Decker was single and had served in law enforcement for 11 years.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Ohio
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to two life terms

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May God and St. Michael watch over you and Officer Wilcox in Heaven. You are not forgotten.

Patrolman Kenneth Collins
South Amherst Police Department

January 31, 2024

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