Chief of Police Robert Hamrick

Chief of Police Robert Hamrick

Rock Creek Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, March 20, 1970

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Robert Hamrick

Chief of Police Robert Hamrick died 10 days after his involvement in an accident during a vehicle pursuit.

The vehicle he was chasing led him down a deserted road. During the pursuit down the road, his patrol car struck a tree.

There is speculation that after he struck the tree, the suspects he was chasing beat him with his baton and then staged it to look like an accident. His baton and gun were stolen from the scene.

Chief Hamrick was a United States Army veteran who had served with the Rock Creek Police Department for two years and previously served with the Geneva-on-the-Lake Police Department. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter. Eight grandchildren were born after his death.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge A-5
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Incident Date Tuesday, March 10, 1970
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

vehicle pursuit

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Chief of Police Robert Hamrick of the Rock Creek Police Department, Ohio and the additional 57 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

March 20, 2023

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