Trooper George L. Hanna

Trooper George L. Hanna

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, February 26, 1983

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George L. Hanna

Trooper George Hanna was shot and killed while searching three subjects during a traffic stop near the intersection of Route 12 and Route 20 in Auburn, Massachusetts.

Unbeknownst to Trooper Hanna, the three men had been searching for a local business to rob. As he found a weapon on the first man, the second man pulled out a .22 caliber handgun and shot Trooper Hanna. All three subjects, 33, 33, and 20, were arrested and sentenced to life in prison with no parole.

Trooper Hanna was a United States Navy veteran and had served with the Massachusetts State Police for nine years assigned to C Troop. He was survived by his wife and three children.

The George Hanna Award was named in honor of Trooper Hanna and is the highest medal a Massachusetts law enforcement officer can receive.

Route 12 and 20 in Auburn was named in his honor. A portion of I-290 in Worcester and a bridge in Natick are also named in his honor.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

traffic stop

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Thank you! Mr.Hanna for giving the ultimate sacrifice for all of the law abiding citizens. May God Bless your family today and everyday.
Anthony Cappabianca Christ, Grace, Faith, Alone! Ephesians 2:1-10

Anthony Cappabianca
Concerned Citizen

March 1, 2024

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