Constable Samiel J. Hungerford

Constable Samiel J. Hungerford

Cooter Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, June 7, 1918

Samiel J. Hungerford

Constable Samiel Hungerford was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for being drunk in public and brandishing a firearm.

The suspect had driven to Cooter and pulled out a gun after confronting a man he held a grudge against. Constable Hungerford happened to be driving by and was called over by the victim.

Constable Hungeford knew the suspect and attempted to talk him into giving him the gun. Instead, the man suddenly shot Constable Hungerford three times, killing him.

The man was arrested by a county deputy a short time later. He was subsequently convicted of Constable Hungerford's murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Constable Hungerford had served as the elected constable of Cooter for at least two years. He was survived by his wife and several children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Constable Hungerford,
On today, the 99th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cooter.


United States Border Patrol

June 7, 2017

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