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Police Officer Joseph T. Hackney | Uniontown Police Department, Pennsylvania Uniontown Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Joseph T. Hackney

Uniontown Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, November 6, 1884

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/27/1884

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Sentenced to 10 years

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Police Officer Joseph Hackney succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained one week earlier as he and another officer walked a prisoner to jail after arresting him for disorderly conduct on Main Street.

As they walked the man to jail another man approached them and began yelling at the officers, then grabbed the other officer's arm. As Officer Hackney and the other officer pushed the man away a revolver fell from the man's coat and discharged. The round struck Officer Hackney in the leg and the bullet traveled into his groin.

He was taken to a nearby doctor's office and then to his home, where he remained until passing away one week later.

The subject who interfered in the arrest and whose revolver discharged was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 10-1/2 years in prison.

Officer Hackney had served with the Uniontown Police Department for six months. He was survived by his wife, three young children, and several brothers.

Officer Hackney's Great-Grandson, Patrolman Robert C. Jay, died in the line of duty on November 26th, 1975, while serving with the Luzerne Township Police Department.

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Patrolman Robert Clyde Jay
Luzerne Township Police Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Wednesday, November 26, 1975
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Officer Hackney,
On today, the 131st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Uniontown.


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November 6, 2015


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