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The Iowa Department of Public Safety Peace Officer Memorial Page Remembers . . .

Waterloo Police Department


Officer Wayne Robert Rice

Officer Hoing and Officer Wayne Rice were shot Sunday, July 12, 1981, after responding to a noise complaint for the second time in one night. As Officer Hoing called for backup the suspect struck Officer Rice on the head and gained control of his service weapon. The suspect then shot Officer Rice once. Officer Hoing was able to return fire but was struck four times. Officer Rice succumbed to his injuries at the scene and Officer Hoing succumbed to his injuries Monday, July 13, 1981, at a local hospital.

Two days after the murders Deputy William Mullikin, of the Black Hack County Sheriff's Department, was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a reported sighting of the suspect. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to two life terms in prison with no chance for parole.

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Created: 01-15-2009
Last Updated: 02-05-2010 (JLR)