Chief Henry E. Hand

Chief Henry E. Hand

Montgomery Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, December 13, 1938

Henry E. Hand

Chief of Police Henry Hand was shot and killed in an unprovoked attack while walking on Houston Avenue at approximately 10:30 am.

The suspect, who held a grudge against police officers, walked up to Chief Hand and opened fire on him without warning.

The suspect was arrested and confessed to shooting Chief Hand.

Chief Hand had served with the Montgomery Borough Police Department for three years and had previously served with the Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Apprehended


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I had the honor of speaking before our Montgomery Borough Historical Society on this fallen officer, Henry E. Hand. May you always be over our borough protecting us. Your service will never be forgotten.

Fae Herb
Montgomery Borough Councilperson, Montgomery Historical Society

February 9, 2018

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