Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 6 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Handgun; Pistol
Offender: Charged with capital murder
Sheriff Hamilton was shot and killed while he and a deputy questioned a suspect while assisting U.S. Border Patrol agents. During the questioning the suspect suddenly opened fire, shooting Sheriff Hamilton five times and the deputy once. The suspect fled but was arrested by Border Patrol agents a short distance away. The man was charged with capital murder.
Sheriff Hamilton was survived by his wife. He had served on the El Paso Police Department for six years, from 1936 through 1942. He had only been serving as sheriff for three months at the time of his murder.