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Officer Harold K. Shelton | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia


Harold K. Shelton

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Sunday, May 3, 1959

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 1 year, 1 month

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 28 years

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Officer Harold Shelton was shot and killed while chasing a shooting suspect through an alley near 7th Street and L Street, NW.

Officer Shelton and his partner were returning to the station at the end of their shift when a citizen reported the shooting. During the chase, the suspect hid in a doorway and shot Officer Shelton as he passed by.

The suspect was found guilty of Officer Shelton's murder and sentenced to 9 to 28 years in prison.

Officer Shelton had been employed with the Metropolitan Police Department for one year, and is survived by his wife and son.

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He was my cousin a great and kind person who want to make a contribution to his country, his brother was also a policeman on the metropolitan police at the time of this tragedy.

Michael Wayne Peters who now lives in Rehoboth Beach, DE

Michael Wayne Peters
July 27, 2016


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