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Patrol Officer Harry Biddington Hanson, Jr. | Anchorage Police Department, Alaska Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

Patrol Officer

Harry Biddington Hanson, Jr.

Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch: Thursday, July 17, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/17/1986

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Sentenced to 119 years

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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.

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As time has past the Anchorage Police Department K9 Unit honors K9 OFC HANSON each Police Memorial Day by laying flowers on his headstone. It is our honor and tradition to do this without waver since his death. When the younger handlers come into the unit and have their first visit we reflect and share his story so his sacrifice is not forgotten. To the family of OFC HANSON, you should know he is still in our hearts and memories as each year passes.

K9 Ofc Brown
Anchorage Police
May 13, 2014

 

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