Police Officer Hans E. Drasbach

Police Officer Hans E. Drasbach

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, October 3, 1903

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Hans E. Drasbach

Police Officer Hans Drasbach was stabbed to death while attempting to arrest a man for fighting in a saloon at the corner of Decatur Street and Piedmont Avenue. As he took the man into custody, the subject suddenly stabbed him in the heart with a long dirk.

The officer was able to walk the one block to the police barracks and was then taken to Grady Hospital, where he died one hour later.

The suspect was arrested in Abbyville, South Carolina, on October 18, 1903. He was convicted of Officer Drasbach's murder and sentenced to death. On January 15, 1904, he was executed by hanging at the Fulton County Jail.

Officer Drasbach had served with the Atlanta Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Dirk
  • Offender executed in 1904

arrest attempt, fight call

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Officer Drasbach, you are not forgotten by the men and women in law enforcement. Rest in peace.

Michael Kane
Retired Detective, Boston Police Dept.

June 4, 2022

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