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Sergeant John Edward Hatfull | Indiana State Police, Indiana Indiana State Police, Indiana


John Edward Hatfull

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch: Monday, April 13, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 14 years, 2 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Sergeant John Hatfull was shot and killed while leading an Emergency Response Team into the home of a suicidal man who had held them at bay for several hours in Posey County.

Sergeant Hatfull had served with the Indiana State Police for over 14 years and was assigned to the Evansville post. He was survived by his wife and two children. After his death, he was promoted to lieutenant, the agency's only officer to ever receive a posthumous promotion.

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From when i was younger my grandma used to tell me all about John and show me pictures and it was so inspiring. John was brave and really hardworking i wish i had the chance to meet him before his tragic death.
You will always be rememered John
Tegan X X

Tegan Wheeler
Great Niece
July 28, 2015


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