Detective Charles Dewitt Hammond

Detective Charles Dewitt Hammond

Muskegon Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, October 31, 1925

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Charles Dewitt Hammond

Detective Charles Hammond was shot and killed after arresting a man for passing a counterfeit bill.

He asked the man to return to the police station with him and as they did so the man attempted to flee on foot. As Detective Hammond chased him the suspect turned and shot him. Although wounded Detective Hammond continued to chase the suspect and apprehended him. He gained control of the suspect's handgun and shot and killed him.

An accomplice of the killer was executed in 1926 for killing Officer James Skelly in 1924.

Detective Hammond had been employed with the Muskegon Police Department for 13 years and was survived by his wife and four children. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Muskegon, Michigan.

Bio

  • Age 48
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I am Det Hammond’s great grandson. His daughter Ferol was my grandma. Her first child was Jane who is my mom. I'm a US history teacher on Utah, and share this story with my students. It teaches them to appreciate your ancestry. I have had the privilege to take my children to his lodge and gravesite. What an honor to have such a courageous grandpa.

Brian Critchett, LTC, US Army, Ret.
Great grandson.

October 23, 2021

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