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 Unsolved

suspicious person

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Grandfather I wish I had been able to meet you. I know we would have loved spending time together. Even though my dad was only five when you passed he talked of you often and how much they missed you and they all loved you very much. Grandmother raised all eight kids who grew into great adults. We all love and miss you and appreciate the sacrifice you gave for our safety. Bonnie Blackberg, Granddaughter

Bonnie Blackberg, Granddaughter

July 16, 2022

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