Officer Harold K. Shelton

Officer Harold K. Shelton

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Sunday, May 3, 1959

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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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Rest in peace Officer Shelton.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 3, 2022

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