Patrolman Mark C. DeCuypere

Patrolman Mark C. DeCuypere

Hampton Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, May 22, 1975

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Mark C. DeCuypere

Patrolman DeCuypere was shot and killed after responding to the scene of a domestic dispute on Leeland Avenue. The male suspect had just killed his wife and in the front yard and was waiting in ambush for responding officers. Patrolman DeCuypere arrived at the scene and notified dispatch of his location. As he ended his radio call the suspect, who was hiding in behind a bush next to the driver's door of the patrol car, opened fire with a shotgun and struck Patrolman DeCuypere in the head.

The suspect remained in his hiding spot until EMTs arrived several minutes later. He began to approach the EMTs who were attending to the murdered wife when Patrolman DeCuypere's backup arrived. The suspect again returned to the bush to hide and then shot the other officer as he called in for backup. Although wounded, the officer was able to obtain his shotgun and shot and killed the suspect. Patrolman DeCuypere was transported to Dixie Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds several hours later.

Patrolman DeCuypere had been with the agency for 21 months and was survived by his wife, parents and two brothers.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year, 8 months
  • Badge 81

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Dear Matthew,

My name is Chaney Noe and your brother was best man for my husband, Big Al and Brenda my maid of honor at our wedding on June 24, 1972. It was at the Kagnew Station Post Chapel in Asmara....
Years ago someone told me of your brother's death but they told me the wrong city it happened in. We lived in Virginia for 7 years and called so many police departments to try and verify what I'd been told but I never called Hampton. Sometimes odd things pop into my brain and today your brother did. So, with the internet at last I found him.
I'm so sorry you lost him, I really am. I lost my husband of 44 years to cancer on Nov. 25, 2016. Al did 22 years in the Navy and he had retired back to our native Oklahoma. I buried him at the Ft. Gibson National Cemetery in Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma. We lived in Wagoner at the time but I now live in Chelsea, Oklahoma.
There is a new site through FB for people that were in Asmara. It's open to their families too. I'll write the email address you provided and in the hopes you'll join the site. There's so many pictures you can see there.
Here's my email address:
[email protected]
I sincerely hope I get to talk to you. I will post on the site about your brother's passing or my daughter. I'm not very computer
Again my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences on the loss of your brother, Mark.
Here's hoping I hear from you. Sincerely, Chaney Noe

Mrs. Chaney Noe, widow
Stationed with Mark in Asmara, Ethiopia

May 20, 2020

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