Constable Hampton Patterson

Constable Hampton Patterson

Spartanburg County Constable's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, August 26, 1923

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Hampton Patterson

Constable Hampton Patterson was killed when his service revolver fell from its holster and discharged when it struck a rock.

He and another constable were returning from Greenville, where they had dropped off a prisoner, when they stopped on the Greenville-Reidville Highway to get a drink of water from a natural spring. As Constable Patterson stooped down to get a drink from the spring his .32 caliber revolver fell from its shoulder holster and discharged. The round struck him in the chest.

The other constable and a citizen took him to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

Constable Patterson had served as a constable for 2 years and had previously served as a guard for a chain gang. He was survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge

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Constable Patterson,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Spartanburg County.


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August 26, 2023

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