Trooper Hurfu L. Duckworth

Trooper Hurfu L. Duckworth

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol, Mississippi

End of Watch Wednesday, August 19, 1959

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Hurfu L. Duckworth

Trooper Duckworth was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance at a hotel in Hattiesburg at 1950 hours. The suspect was apprehended later in the evening.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death on November 23, 1959. A year later the verdict was overturned for insanity reasons and he was committed in a state mental hospital. In 1973 he was declared sane and ordered to stand trial for murder a second time. On May 24, 1973, his trial resulted in a hung jury. A mistrial was declared and he was released.

Trooper Duckworth had been with the agency for 12 years and was assigned to Troop J. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 86

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Released in 1973

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He was my my only uncle. I always think of him on April 19th as I was born on his birthday. He survived 64 missions as a tail-gunner on a Flying Fortress during WWII. The memorial is nice but the age of death (32) is incorrect as he was age 42 when he was killed.

Calvin Gray
His nephew.

April 19, 2018

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