Patrol Officer Harry A. Hamilton

Patrol Officer Harry A. Hamilton

Battle Creek City Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, May 9, 1920

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Harry A. Hamilton

Officer Harry Hamilton was shot and killed while he and other officers were testing out various guns at the department's range. A farmer who live nearby was cleaning his gun and using the range's targets to adjust his sights. The farmer fired just as Officer Hamilton appeared in the range to near the target, striking him in the head. Officer Hamilton was taken to a nearby hospital where he died of his wound.

Officer Hamilton had served in law enforcement for a total of 15 years and previously served as the warden for the state prison in Jackson. He was a Spanish-American War veteran and was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Hamilton,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served during the Spanish-American War.


United States Border Patrol

May 9, 2020

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