Senior Trooper Larry Gene Hacker

Senior Trooper Larry Gene Hacker

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Friday, April 9, 1993

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Larry Gene Hacker

Trooper Larry Hacker was shot when he responded to a domestic dispute.

Trooper Hacker and a state police trooper trainee were answering a complaint call about 10:00 PM from a neighbor of the shooter. The shooter had parked his truck on Ritchie County Route 9-9 and blocked the complainant from reaching his house. After blocking the roadway he had retreated to a knoll where he could watch the truck. After the officers arrived, a gun battle ensued, lasting between 20 and 30 minutes. The shooter then would not let paramedics near Trooper Hacker for about an hour after the shooting. Trooper Hacker was flown out about 11:30 PM, after the gunman fled, to Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds about 1:00 AM.

The suspect was taken into custody about two hours after the shooting in a nearby wooded area. He was charged with murder but committed suicide while in jail.

Trooper Hacker was assigned to the State Police detachment in Harrisville and had recently transferred from the detachment in St. Marys. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, April 8, 1993
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide in jail

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Trooper Hacker; I only got to meet you briefly one time. My brother Steve VerDow, was the trooper trainee who was with you that night when you were both senselessly ambushed. Fate spared my brother, but ripped you away from all those who love & respect you. Steve has always spoken of you as a great officer who he was honored to train under. In the short time you mentored him, you taught him well as you both drove the winding WV roads.
Steve is now entering his 26th year in active law enforcement as a DEA Special Agent. Just as everyone feels gratitude for the positive impact you had on so many lives, Steve continues to touch, save, and tirelessly help countless people.
DEA SA Steve VerDow continues to carry the torch you passed over to him that April night.

Rest In Peace for a job well done, Trooper Larry Hacker

Donna, sister of SA Steve VerDow, DEA

February 4, 2019

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