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Patrolman Amos L. Hamilton | Frankfort Police Department, Indiana Frankfort Police Department, Indiana

Patrolman

Amos L. Hamilton

Frankfort Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Saturday, October 12, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Paroled after 15 years

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Patrolman Amos Hamilton was shot and killed as he and two other officers escorted a robbery suspect to the police station for questioning.

They located the suspect in a local store and as they walked out of the front door, the man ran into an alley. The suspect opened fire as the officers pursued him, striking Patrolman Hamilton in the face. One of the other officers returned fire and wounded the suspect.

Although wounded, the man was able to escape. He was arrested the following day and convicted of Patrolman Hamilton's murder. The suspect was sentenced to life in prison but the governor commuted the sentence 15 years later and the offender was released on parole.

Patrolman Hamilton had served with the Frankfort Police Department for two years.

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