Licking Police Department Sgt. Michael R. Hood was found deceased Monday morning at his residence in Licking. No foul play is suspected.

According to LPD Chief Scott Lindsey, Hood, 54, began serving with the agency on May 20, 2004.

“Sgt. Hood has served his community faithfully as a member of this department,” Lindsey said.  “Sgt. Hood was exceptionally good at speaking with children and appeared at a number of community events to make presentations on behalf of the police department. 

“I am personally heartbroken, as are all the members of this department along with our community. Words do not express the loss that our department along with family and friends are experiencing. 

“I would simply ask that you pray for all of us in the days ahead.” 

The death investigation is being conducted by the Texas County Sheriff’s Department and Texas County coroner.

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