Patrolman Hans B. Brandt

Patrolman Hans B. Brandt

South Bend Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, June 18, 1916

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Hans B. Brandt

Patrolman Hans Brandt succumbed to a severe infection from gunshot wounds suffered about one month earlier when he and his partner were attacked.

He and his partner were walking their beat when they found two intoxicated men who were loud and causing a disturbance. When the suspects refused to leave the area, they began to argue with the officers. One of the suspects pulled a gun from his pocket and shot Patrolman Brandt in the chest.

Patrolman Brandt's partner struck the gun from the suspect's hand with his nightstick and knocked him to the ground when the other suspect pulled a knife which was also struck from his hand before forcing him to the ground. Both suspects were arrested, and upon Patrolman Brandt's death, they were charged with murder.

The shooter was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to two to 21 years. He served most of his sentence in Michigan City Prison and was then released.

Patrolman Brandt was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had served with the South Bend Police Department for only one month.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, May 22, 1916
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 21 years


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Please know that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice and you will always be remembered. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 18, 2020

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