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Those We Lost

Senior Police Officer Dick V. Hobson, Jr.

Senior Police Officer Dick V. Hobson, Jr.Died June 11, 1996 when a foot pursuit and coordinated search for an armed robbery suspect led to a dark alley in downtown Tulsa. Officer Hobson entered the alley with his K-9 dog and fellow K-9 officer Steve Downie. They were immediately ambushed by the suspect who was lying in wait. Backing officers returned fire, killing the suspect at the scene. Officer Hobson received fatal gunshot wounds at the scene and died at the hospital later that evening. Officer Downie received a serious gunshot wound to his leg and later recovered.
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Officer Constantine G. "Gus" Spanos

Officer Constantine G. "Gus" SpanosDied April 23, 1993 as a result of a gunshot wound he received during an early morning car stop on April 22. About 1:48 a.m., Officer Spanos stopped a car at 5800 N. Cincinnati Ave. His backing officer found him lying next to his patrol unit with a bullet wound to the head. He was transported to the hospital where he died at 12:26 p.m. the following day. The driver of the suspect vehicle fled the state but was eventually apprehended, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Officer Spanos.
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Officer Chance F. Whiteman III

Officer Chance F. Whiteman IIIDied March 26, 1982 when the police helicopter he was piloting crashed while assisting patrol units during a pursuit. Radio contact was lost with the helicopter during the pursuit. The helicopter struck a tree and crashed a half-mile west of U.S. 75 just south of 66th Street North.  The driver of the car was arrested.  The helicopter program was only 10 days old at the time of the crash.
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Officer James A. "Bert" Slay

Officer James A. "Bert" SlayDied Nov. 10, 1986 as the result of a vehicle accident. Officer Slay was writing parking tickets when his police vehicle apparently disengaged itself from park and began rolling forward, pinning him between his car and a parked truck. This freak accident broke his pelvis. He died two weeks later due to complications from the injury.
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Officer Kelly L. Smythe

Officer Kelly L. SmytheDied March 26, 1982 when the police helicopter he was riding in as an observer crashed while assisting patrol units during a pursuit. Radio contact was lost with the helicopter during the pursuit. The helicopter struck a tree and crashed a half-mile west of U.S. 75 just south of 66th Street North.  The driver of the car was arrested.  The helicopter program was only 10 days old at the time of the crash.

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