Marshal Nicholas Hopperton

Marshal Nicholas Hopperton

Independence Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, November 8, 1902

Nicholas Hopperton

Marshal Nicholas Hopperton was shot and killed by a man he was attempting to throw out of town for being drunk.

As the marshal escorted the man to the town line the man suddenly opened fire with his shotgun, striking Marshal Hopperton in the stomach. As Marshal Hopperton fell he fired two shots from his revolver, wounding the suspect. The suspect and Marshal Hopperton then fired at each other again.

Marshal Hopperton was fatally wounded. The suspect was seriously wounded, but recovered from his wound. He was tried for Marshal Hopperton's murder but was acquitted at trial after claiming self defense.

Marshal Hopperton had served with the agency for 1 year. He was survived by his expectant wife and child.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 108th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 8, 2010

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