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Policeman Hugh Osburn | Fulton County Office of Inspector of Roads and Bridges, Georgia Fulton County Office of Inspector of Roads and Bridges, Georgia

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Hugh Osburn

Fulton County Office of Inspector of Roads and Bridges, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, May 17, 1902

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Policeman Hugh Osburn, Bailiff Ed Battle, of the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Officer Tom Grant and Officer Edward Crabtree, both of the Fulton County Office of Inspector of Roads and Bridges, were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a gang of criminals wanted for beating a former police officer who they had previous run-ins with.

The gang was barricaded in a house and opened fire on officers from concealed positions inside of the home. Policeman Osburn, Bailiff Battle, and Officer Crabtree were shot fatally shot at the intersection of Amy Street (modern-day Delavan Street) and Smith Street. Officer Grant was fatally shot along McDaniel Street, near Amy Street.

Several of the suspects attempted to flee the house and were shot and killed by officers and citizens. The leader of the gang was found dead after the house was burned to the ground.

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Officer Osburn,
On today, the 112th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officers who were also shot and killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fulton County and the state of Georgia as well.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
May 17, 2017

 

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