Patrolman Bert Hampton

Patrolman Bert Hampton

Louisa Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, June 28, 1937

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Bert Hampton

Patrolman Burt Hampton succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous evening while attempting to arrest a drunk driver at the intersection of Perry Street and Jefferson Street.

The driver of the truck had driven onto the railroad tracks and was attempting to get unstuck when Patrolman Hampton happened across the scene.

After determining that the driver and passenger were both drunk he advised them they were under arrest. As he walked around the truck the passenger followed him and opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun. Patrolman Hampton returned fire after falling to the ground, wounding the suspect. He was then taken to a local hospital where he died early the next morning.

Both suspects fled but were later apprehended. The passenger was charged with murder.

The 40-year-old passenger was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Patrolman Hampton was a U.S. military veteran. He was survived by his wife, six children, and his mother.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, June 27, 1937
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest, drunk driver

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Thank you all for the kind words.

Officer Bert Hampton was the Grandfather that I never knew.


December 10, 2023

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