Officer Thomas Franklin Hamlette, Jr.

Officer Thomas Franklin Hamlette, Jr.

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Saturday, July 18, 1998

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Thomas Franklin Hamlette, Jr.

Officer Thomas Hamlette was shot and killed while assisting a security guard during a scuffle at a nightclub at 1213 K Street, NW.

Officer Hamlette was attempting to remove a rowdy patron from the club when the scuffle ensued. During the scuffle, Officer Hamlette's weapon discharged, catching the attention of another off duty Metropolitan police officer who was patronizing the club. The second officer tried to intervene in the scuffle and identified himself as a police officer.

Not knowing Officer Hamlette was an officer too, he ordered him to drop his weapon. Officer Hamlette turned around and was then shot by the other officer.

Officer Hamlette's brother-in-law, Officer Anthony Simms of Metropolitan Police Department, was killed in 1996 after being struck by a vehicle while making a traffic stop.

Officer Hamlette had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for 18 months.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge 272

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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RIP sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

September 5, 2020

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