Chief of Police Will Hannah

Chief of Police Will Hannah

Dalton Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, September 21, 1899

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Will Hannah

Chief Will Hannah was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for selling illegal liquor.

Chief Hannah rode to the man's house on horseback and located the man in a ravine at the foot of Mount Rachel. The chief was shot in the chest with a shotgun loaded with squirrel shot by the man as he chased him. The suspect fled and wasn't located for 26 years when it was learned he was in prison in Texas serving a 10 year sentence for forgery. Chief Hannah's son had been searching for the man ever since he hilled his father when he found an ex-convict who said the killer made an admission to him. The suspect was returned to Georgia in 1925 to stand trial for Chief Hannah's murder.

The suspect was released and returned to Texas after witnesses to Chief Hannah's murder said the man was not his killer.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender At large

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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