Turnkey Isaac Hibbs

Turnkey Isaac Hibbs

Camden County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, July 17, 1916

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Isaac Hibbs

Turnkey Isaac Hibbs was shot and killed as two prisoners escaped from the Camden County Jail.

One prisoner was awaiting trial on murder charges and the other on forgery charges. The wife of the accused murderer was able to smuggle a revolver into the jail when she visited him.

As Turnkey Hibbs was walking through the cell block, one suspect called to him "Come here." When Turnkey Hibbs approached, the suspect told him "Open the door, I want to show you this note." The suspect was holding a piece of paper in his hand. When Turnkey Hibbs opened the cell door, the suspect dropped the paper and revealed his hidden revolver.

The suspect ordered Turnkey Hibbs to put up his hands. When he did, the other suspect, who was awaiting trial for forgery, grabbed the gun from the first suspect and fired three shots at Turnkey Hibbs, killing him.

One of the suspects then took the keys for all the doors in the jail from Turnkey Hibbs' belt and both suspects fled on foot. As they ran through the jail, they encountered a jail keeper. One of the suspects pointed the revolver at the keeper and ordered him to step aside. The keeper, instead of obeying, went straight at the suspect, despite the fact that the suspect was pointing a revolver at him. He grabbed the suspect, but was not able to wrestle the revolver free before the suspect fired two shots, wounding him. The suspects then were able to make their way to the street and escaped.

The suspects were arrested the next day in Chester, Pennsylvania. With them was the woman who smuggled the gun into the jail. She too, was arrested and charged as an accomplice to the murder.

One of the two officers who made the arrest was Policeman William H. Padgett of the Chester Police Department, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on August 28th, 1917.


  • Age 65
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Apprehended

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 97th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater

January 10, 2013

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