Special Officer Henry Clyde Hatcher

Special Officer Henry Clyde Hatcher

Southern Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Wednesday, September 23, 1931

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Henry Clyde Hatcher

Special Officer Henry Hatcher succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day when he attempted to question a trespasser in the railyards at Tucumcari, New Mexico.

The man suddenly drew a handgun and shot Officer Hatcher in the chest, inflicting a fatal wound. He was taken to a hospital in El Paso, Texas where he died the next day.

Two men, ages 22 and 26 were arrested, convicted of second-degree murder, and sentenced to 35 to 40 years. Both were from Massachusetts and served time there for breaking and entering.

Officer Hatcher was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location New Mexico
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 22, 1931
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 40 years


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Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten.

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

September 23, 2020

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