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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I spend many hours with Mark when we were on watch together at the U.S. Naval Communication Station in Asmara, Ethiopia. Mark worked in signals control section and I worked in the traffic room across the hall. He often talked about trying to make a decision to leave the Navy and start a new career.
He was a fine young man and an excellent sailor. I was deeply saddened to learn of his death in 1975 while I was living in Gloucester County after being discharged from the Navy. Even today, I think of him and the potential he had as both a sailor and a fine policeman. You never forget people like Mark. God bless his soul.

Asheville, NC

Kenneth A. Dierks, CDR, USNR-R
Former military associate

May 14, 2018

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