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Detective James J. Hantschel | Racine Police Department, Wisconsin Racine Police Department, Wisconsin


James J. Hantschel

Racine Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 15, 1963

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 30 years to life

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Detective James Hantschel was shot and killed while he and another detective transported a fraud suspect to the police station.

The suspect, who was sitting in the backseat with the other detective, managed to gain control of his handgun and shot him. He then ordered Detective Hantschel to drive to a nearby park where he shot and killed him and then fled on foot. The suspect was captured later that day after he was found hiding in a nearby garage. The other detective recovered from his wounds.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 30 years to life on May 9, 1964.

Detective Hantschel had served with the Racine Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and four children. He was a World War II veteran.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 15, 2015


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