Officer Eugene "Red" Hooper

Officer Eugene "Red" Hooper

Akron Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, April 10, 1965

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Eugene "Red" Hooper

Officer Red Hooper was shot and killed while searching a vehicle on East Avenue past Silvercrest Avenue in Akron 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 were 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, ages 25, were captured at their apartment four hours later.

The shooter, who was a parolee, 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. He died in prison on October 18, 2017. His accomplice, also on parole, was convicted of second-degree murder. He was paroled in 1977.

Officer Hooper was a United States Marine Corps WWII veteran and had served with the Akron Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 163
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

convicted felon, parolee, robbery, vehicle search, vehicle stop

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NEVER FORGET! Please help me honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Officer Eugene Hooper of the Akron Police Department, Ohio and the additional 73 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

April 10, 2024

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