Patrolman Edward John Hammond, Jr.

Patrolman Edward John Hammond, Jr.

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, November 23, 1973

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Edward John Hammond, Jr.

Patrolman Edward Hammond was shot and killed on N McNeil Street, just north of Chelsea Avenue, after responding to a report of a man menacing people with a shotgun in front of a grocery store.

When Patrolman Hammond and his partner arrived they observed the suspect still armed with the shotgun. They ordered the suspect to drop the gun, but the man fired, striking Patrolman Hammond in the face. Patrolman Hammond's partner returned fire and killed the suspect.

Patrolman Hammond served with the Memphis Police Department for 13 months. He was survived by his fiancee, parents, and siblings.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 1 year, 1 month
  • Badge 178

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

weapons violation

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I grew up in the neighborhood with Officer Hammond. We called him Kicker. I was much younger but he was the nicest guy. Took time to acknowledge all of us younger kids. I was 13 when he got killed. The first real tragic thing that happened in my young life. He had the most wonderful family. Just a horrible senseless killing. 15 years later I was employed in the law enforcement field for 30 yrs.
Mourned several line of duty deaths of friends and coworkers. Never gets easier.
You are remembered Kicker.

Jane Henegar Dispatcher/Retired
Shelby County Sheriffs Office

November 23, 2019

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