Detention Officer Charles F. Hooks

Detention Officer Charles F. Hooks

Memphis Juvenile Court, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, August 29, 1917

Charles F. Hooks

Detention Officer Charles Hooks was shot and killed while guarding prisoners at the Juvenile Detention Quarters.

Officer Hooks was in the mess hall of the Detention Quarters, overseeing the evening supper when a 15-year-old prisoner drew a revolver and shot him. The suspect, along with seven other prisoners, escaped. It is unknown how the 15-year-old was able to obtain a revolver.

Officer Hooks was taken to General Hospital, where he died from his wounds.

Officer Hooks was survived by his wife.


  • Age 69
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Not available

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Thanks to all that have honored the service of my great grandfather Charles F Hooks. He served the public and the Memphis Juvenile Court along with his wife , Julia Ann Britton Marshall Hooks (1852-1942) , his law enforcement and life partner. My great grandmother, Julia continued to receive and house "Colored" juvenile detainees in the old Hooks house as the juveniles were assigned to her custody even after the murder of her husband. April 2015

Judge William H Hooks, State of Illinois
Criminal Division, Circuit Court of Cook County

April 5, 2015

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