Officer Austin Hepburn, Jr.

Officer Austin Hepburn, Jr.

Hallandale Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, July 27, 1973

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Austin Hepburn, Jr.

Officer Austin Hepburn was shot and killed by a man in a stolen vehicle in front of 516 NW Sixth Street.

He observed two men and a juvenile attempting to change the license plate on the car. As he approached the group one of the men grabbed him. A second suspect exited the car and shot him with both loads of a double barreled shotgun.

Two suspects, 16 and 18, were apprehended three hours later. The 25-year-old killer was apprehended the next day in Waycross, Georgia, by state troopers. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled on September 28, 2001. Charges against the other two were dropped.

Officer Hepburn was a Vietnam War Veteran.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Paroled in 2001

juvenile offender, stolen vehicle

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BIG brother, I remembered, when you protected me as a little girl.
Miss you, "My Hero"! Gone but not forgotten. " Love Katie". . .

Katie Hepburn
"Baby Sister"

September 16, 2020

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