By Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/08/2012 04:08:42 PM PST
Updated: 11/08/2012 04:32:58 PM PST
Rod Hoops was a 26-year-old sheriff’s deputy who had been on the job just four years when he received a call about an assault with a deadly weapon in Chino Hills one quiet morning in 1983.
That day turned into the most memorable day of Hoops’ 34-year career in law enforcement.
“I can remember the deputy standing at the door very pale-looking,” Hoops said. “I asked, ‘What do we got?’ He said, ‘It’s horrible.'”
Hoops was one of the first three deputies to witness the aftermath of the Kevin Cooper massacre, one of the most notorious murders in San Bernardino County history.
“I can still smell the crime scene because there was so much blood,” he said. “It’s a scene that is ingrained in my mind.”
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