Officer Eugene Hooper

Officer Eugene Hooper

Akron Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, April 10, 1965

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Eugene Hooper

Officer Eugene Hooper was shot and killed while searching a vehicle on the Akron Expressway in connection with the armed robbery of a service station.

One of the suspects was able to grab Officer Hooper's partner's service weapon and opened fire. Officer Hooper was fatally wounded. His partner and a reserve officer was also shot and critically wounded. His partner was paralyzed from the waist down. A truck driver who came upon the scene used their police radio to call for help. Both suspects were captured at their apartment four hours later.

The shooter was convicted of first degree murder and attempted murder and sentenced to two life terms in prison. He was denied parole in 2010 and again in 2014. His next parole hearing is in October, 2019. His accomplice was convicted of second degree murder. He was paroled in 1977.

Officer Hooper had served with the agency for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 163

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Officer Eugene Hooper of the Akron Police Department, Ohio and the additional 63 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

April 10, 2019

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