Officer Harold K. Shelton

Officer Harold K. Shelton

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Sunday, May 3, 1959

Harold K. Shelton

Officer Harold Shelton was shot and killed while chasing a shooting suspect through an alley near 7th Street and L Street, NW.

Officer Shelton and his partner were returning to the station at the end of their shift when a citizen reported the shooting. During the chase, the suspect hid in a doorway and shot Officer Shelton as he passed by.

The suspect was found guilty of Officer Shelton's murder and sentenced to 9 to 28 years in prison.

Officer Shelton had been employed with the Metropolitan Police Department for one year, and is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year, 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 28 years

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He was my cousin a great and kind person who want to make a contribution to his country, his brother was also a policeman on the metropolitan police at the time of this tragedy.

Michael Wayne Peters who now lives in Rehoboth Beach, DE

Michael Wayne Peters

July 27, 2016

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