Monday, April 12, 1993

Caperton to Attend Trooper's Service
The Associated Press



West Virginia state troopers are mourning the loss of a colleague who was shot to death while investigating a dispute between neighbors in Ritchie County.

Trooper Larry G. Hacker, 34, of Harrisville was the first state police officer to die in the line of duty since 1989. He was to be buried today at Cedarville, Gilmer County, following a funeral service at Ritchie County High School in Harrisville.

Among those scheduled to attend the service were Gov. Gaston Caperton and Col. Thorn Kirk, superintendent of the state police.

Hacker died shortly after midnight Thursday, two hours after he was shot in a rural area three miles east of Pullman. Dennis
Ferguson, 67, of Pullman is charged with first-degree murder and Is being held without bond.

Hacker, a three-year veteran of the state police, is survived by his wife and two children. He previously was stationed in the St. Marys detachment. On Saturday, the state Senate passed a resolution to honor Hacker.