Police Officer Francis X. Fenton

Police Officer Francis X. Fenton

Hartford Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Friday, March 28, 1969

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Francis X. Fenton

Officer Fenton was shot and killed when he intervened after an armed man threatened a tavern owner. As Officer Fenton attempted to convince the suspect to turn over his weapon, the suspect fired, striking him. The suspect then kicked Officer Fenton as he lay wounded on the floor.

The suspect was captured by two detectives a short time later.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on December 19, 1969. He was paroled after serving a short portion of his sentence.

Officer Fenton had been with the agency for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 56

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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