Patrolman McDuffie Hampton Stone

Patrolman McDuffie Hampton Stone

Laurens Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, January 28, 1909

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McDuffie Hampton Stone

Patrolman McDuffie Stone was killed while apprehending a trespasser in the railroad freight depot.

Patrolman Stone and his partner came on duty at midnight and patrolled the railroad depot in their first rounds of the night. During their patrol, they encountered a trespasser. Patrolman Stone attempted to arrest the man when the suspect pulled a Colt .45 pistol and emptied the weapon into the officer. Two shots entered Patrolman Stone’s abdomen, three in the fleshy portion of his legs, and one passed through his lower lip.

The other officer returned fire and killed the suspect.

Patrolman Stone had served with the Laurens Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Killed by another officer


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Officer Mc Duffie Hampton Stone was my grandfather. My father, John Roscoe Stone and aunt Corrie Stone , who married Claude Martin were the two children of McDuffie and Fanny Hollingsworth Stone. My dad was 11 years old on Jan. 28, 1909.
A special train was sent from Columbia, SC to Laurens to care for my grandfather. My grandfather and grandmother had just moved into a new home in Laurens and the Columbia doctors operated on my grandfather on the kitchen table. He passed about 3 or 4 o'clock the following afternoon.

Frank Stone
Grandson of McDuffie Hampton Stone

June 13, 2022

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