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 the 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 agency for 5 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

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Rest in peace always and know that no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice.

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

October 3, 2020

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