Policeman Henry Fort Brown

Policeman Henry Fort Brown

Columbia Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, August 17, 1921

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Henry Fort Brown

Policeman Henry Brown was shot and killed by a prowler he confronted near the intersection of Park Street and First Street (modern-day Abbeville Street), at Camp Fornance, just after midnight.

A suspect who claimed to have seen the officer shot and killed by a prowler was held for investigation, but the shooting remains unsolved.

Policeman Brown was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Columbia Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 24

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, August 15, 1921
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Not available

suspicious person

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Officer Brown,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Columbia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 17, 2021

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