Lieutenant Rufus Frank Looper, III

Lieutenant Rufus Frank Looper, III

Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, February 1, 1975

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Rufus Frank Looper, III

Lieutenant Rufus Looper was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious person at his father's garage.

Lieutenant Looper, who was off-duty, went to his father's garage after his father contacted him and told him there was a suspicious person inside the business. As Lieutenant Looper entered the building he was shot once in the head. He died the following morning at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Lieutenant Looper's father was also shot by the suspect, dying from his wounds four hours later.

The subject was arrested and sentenced to death, but the sentence was later commuted to life in prison. He was later paroled in 2010.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, January 31, 1975
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

off duty

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My name was Jan Thompson then. My mother was Betty. My grandmother, Willie Mae Wood, was best friends with Vera. I grew up with them both. Vera is the one who told my grandmother has passed away. I was 18. I grew up having a crush on Frank. A man's man and a woman's dream. He never realized it. Oh well...that's hormones. I'm not getting over the fact that they let that man go. Two murders. Vera was heartbroken. She buried 2 of the most precious members of her family. Rufus was always so gruff in a lovable way. Frank was an angel. Vera was an Earth Angel while my grandmother was so sick. I'd love to talk to you sometime. I'm in Florida now. 904-527-1740.

Jan Ream
Friend of the family.

January 12, 2016

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