Chief Henry E. Hand

Chief Henry E. Hand

Montgomery Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, December 13, 1938

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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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Chief Henry Hand was my Great Uncle who I never had the opportunity to meet. He was killed in the line of duty in 1938 and I was born in 1945 He was a younger brother to my Grandpa Allen Hand who moved to Boone County Iowa where I still live. My dad Lavern Hand use to tell me the history of Uncle Henry. If there are people with additional information I would love to hear from you. Great Nephew of Chief Hand. Jerry Hand Sept 9, 2021

Jerry L Hand
Great Nephew

September 9, 2021

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