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 agency for 11 years.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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I was working the Fire and Ambulance Board at the Montgomery County Radio Room Dispatch Center that night. I had the privilege of driving most of the County Dispatchers who were working that night in my Assistant Fire Chief's Car for the Norristown Fire Department in the Funeral Procession for David. He continues to be missed.

Edward E Bock, Retired Dispatcher 62
Montgomery County Public Safety Communications & Norristown Fire D

June 10, 2021

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