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Deputy Sheriff Gregory Hans | Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff

Gregory Hans

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch: Monday, March 10, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 199

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Deputy Hans was shot and killed with his own weapon at the scene of a domestic dispute. Deputy Hans was not dispatched on the call but was in the area and stopped at the scene prior to the arrival of Louisville police officers. The suspect ambushed Deputy Hans in his patrol car and was able to gain control of his weapon and shot him. The man then attempted to shoot a witness but the gun jammed. Deputy Hans was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. He was wearing his vest at the time of the incident.

The suspect was later found walking down the street and arrested after a brief struggle. The suspect was on parole after serving three years of a 12 year sentence for beating a man and stealing his credit cards. He had been arrested at least 17 times since 1990, including an arrest for assaulting a state trooper. On February 14, 1998, the suspect was sentenced to death for Deputy Hans' murder.

Deputy Hans was survived by his son, who is a member of the Jeffersontown Police Department, and two daughters.

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I know you watch over us...I feel you near and smell your pipe. You touched so many and I am blessed to have known you......you have three wonderful children to carry on your memory.
Always love you

July 16, 2012


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