Patrolman Mark C. DeCuypere

Patrolman Mark C. DeCuypere

Hampton Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, May 22, 1975

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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You posted that you knew my brother Mark in Africa.
When he came back from Africa he was a different and better man, and it was from THAT EXPERIENCE that he decided to become a police officer so that he "could help people on the streets, who need help and understanding the most". He taught me many lessons from his time there.

I have been WANTING TO MEET/TALK (exchange pictures) with ANYONE HE SERVED IN AFRICA WITH..... for many many years.... There is no real "family" of Mark's left for me to get any information from. I am the last.

I am his little brother Matthew Decuypere... He was my entire world... and even now at the age of 57, I still feel his love every day.

PLEASE CONTACT ME.... I know emails are private here and I hope they don't filter this......
but I will give you a HUGE HINT.
I have an old @AOL email account, using my full last name..... [email protected]

Please find a way to contact me. Hearing about my brother and his friends from Africa would BE A BLESSING.
When he returned, he missed his friends (and Africa) so much that I remember his looking up at the night ski and crying many nights and saying to me "I miss my life and my friends in Africa".

Bless you.....

Matthew J DeCuypere
Mark's "Little Brother"
Cincinnati OH

Matthew J. DeCuypere
Younger Brother

April 27, 2017

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