Patrol Officer Harry Biddington Hanson, Jr.

Patrol Officer Harry Biddington Hanson, Jr.

Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch Thursday, July 17, 1986

Harry Biddington Hanson, Jr.

Police Officer Harry Hanson was shot and killed while searching for a suspect who had shot at another officer.

After shooting at the first officer the suspect stole her cruiser and fled. He crashed into a wall and began fleeing on foot. Officer Hanson arrived, leaving his canine in his cruiser, and began tracking the suspect with a second canine officer. As they approached the suspect's hiding place he opened fire, striking Officer Hanson in the neck. Other officers returned fire, striking the suspect several times. He was arrested and sentenced to 119 years.

Officer Hanson had served with the Anchorage Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

Bio

  • Age 41
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 119 years

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Harry and I went to high school together in Beaufort, SC. He was one of our school's track stars and helped us win the State Championship in the high hurdles. He was a good person and a lot of fun to be with. I feel very honored to have known him, and I am not surprised at his dedication and commitment, both in Vietnam and as a police officer. I pray that his family has found peace and comfort.

Judy
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July 17, 2018

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