Officer Dick Hobson
June 11, 1996 after 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 a fellow K-9
officer, Steve Downie, and was immediately ambushed by the suspect
who was lying in wait. Officer Hobson received fatal gunshot wounds
at the scene and died that evening at the hospital.
Officer Steve Downie received a serious gunshot wound to the leg
and later recovered. Both K-9 officers and backing officers were
able to return fire, killing the suspect at the scene.