Patrolman David T. Hancock

Patrolman David T. Hancock

Montgomery Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, December 11, 1976

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David T. Hancock

Patrolman Hancock was shot and killed after responding to a silent alarm at a J.C. Penny at Montgomery Mall.

Patrolman Hancock arrested a 19-year-old youth who grabbed his gun and shot him in the head. The suspect was arrested, sentenced to life in prison, and received an additional 7 to 13 years for two burglaries and drug possession. He was in Albion Prison in 2021.

Patrolman Hancock had been with the Montgomery Township Police Department for 11 years and had previously served with the Whitpain Police Department. He was survived by his wife and two young children.

Patrolman Hancock's father had been a policeman.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest attempt, robbery in progress

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Officer Hancocks Mother was my neighbor I met him a few times was a great officer .

James Moore

December 13, 2021

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