Night Chief John Henry "Jack Hen" Daugherty

Night Chief John Henry "Jack Hen" Daugherty

Crisfield Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Sunday, July 28, 1907

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John Henry "Jack Hen" Daugherty

Night Chief John Daugherty was shot and killed as he and another officer walked a prisoner to jail.

The two officers had just arrested the man on a warrant for selling whiskey. A friend of the man witnessed the arrest and obtained a .44 caliber revolver. The friend followed the officers and prisoner for about half a block, and shot Night Chief Daugherty in the back of the head without warning, killing him instantly.

The subject fled the scene and attempted to escape into Virginia by taking a sailboat. A posse of citizens caught up to him, returned him to Crisfield, and then beat and lynched him.

Night Chief Daugherty was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Beaten to death

alcohol violation, prisoner custody, warrant service

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 28, 2020

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