Patrolman James Duane Hoff

Patrolman James Duane Hoff

Reno Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Monday, June 25, 1979

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James Duane Hoff

Patrolman James Hoff was stabbed to death after being abducted during an undercover narcotics transaction.

Patrolman Hoff was posing as a drug dealer and had agreed to meet a buyer later in the night to conduct a transaction. The buyer and an accomplice, however, were planning on murdering the dealer and recruited two additional accomplices.

Shortly after Patrolman Hoff met the buyer, the surveillance equipment in his car malfunctioned and his backup officers were unable to hear what was occurring. The suspects were able to abduct him and stabbed him to death before dumping his body near the Dog Valley Road summit.

All four suspects, ages 16 to 20, were convicted of Patrolman Hoff's murder. The 20-year-old suspect was sentenced to death. On Oct. 27, 2011, the Nevada State Supreme Court upheld his conviction for the third time. He is the longest-serving inmate on Nevada's death row. The other three suspects were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Patrolman Hoff had served with the Reno Police Department for seven years.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to death

narcotics, abducted, investigation

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Jimmy Hoff was a well regarded police officer and investigator. I later got to know many of his friends while working with them as a Detective and or a Patrolman. Prior to going to Patrol I did a stint in the jail and we housed the suspects who committed his murder. I detected little if any remorse from any of them. His funeral was the first police burials that I attended (I had just been hired by Washoe County S.O.). I recall citizens lining the streets during portions of the motorcade to pay respects. It was a touching scene. The great citizens of our community truly appreciated Jimmy and those who died later in the line of duty (there were several to follow). Every year the Jimmy Hoff Memorial in Reno is attended by officers from all over the state. An important and well deserved tribute to a great policemen who just wanted to make our community a little bit safer by getting drugs off the street.

James Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)

June 25, 2019

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