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Police Officer Daniel Alexander Hodgson | Chatham County Police Department, Georgia Chatham County Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer

Daniel Alexander Hodgson

Chatham County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, March 20, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police Officer Daniel Hodgson was shot and killed as he and four other officers attempted to subdue a man who had been firing a gun in a residential neighborhood on Stuyvesant Street.

When the officers arrived the man ran into his house and hid in a closet. As the officers searched for him inside the home he pointed the shotgun out of the closet and fired two shots. The first shot wounded two of the other officers. The second shot struck Officer Hodgson in the chest, killing him.

The suspect was taken into custody eight hours later. He was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Officer Hodgson and to 30 years for the aggravated assault of three of the other officers.

Officer Hodgson had only served with the Chatham County Police Department for six months. He was survived by his parents.

A street in Savannah was named Hodgson Memorial Drive in his honor.

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My name is Jack R. Waters II. My father, Jack R. Waters, was with you that day. He also was wounded. He always talked about you until the day he passed from colon cancer in 1999. I hope you two are together and are watching over us.

Jack R. Waters II
May 7, 2016


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