Police Officer Clarence J. Hans

Police Officer Clarence J. Hans

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, October 28, 1928

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Clarence J. Hans

Officer Hans was shot and killed after responding to the scene of a domestic disturbance.

A man had been locked out of his home by his family and began shooting a shotgun into the home. When Officer Hans arrived he exchanged shots with the suspect but was fatally wounded. The man was apprehended by neighbors after firing all of his ammunition. The suspect was later committed to a hospital for the criminally insane in Ionia, Michigan.

Officer Hans had been with the agency for five years. He was a professional swimmer who competed in national tournaments throughout the United States and Canada.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 101

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Apprehended; committed to hospital for c


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I never knew you. Wishing I had. My father wouldn't have remembered you because he was only about 2 years old when you were killed in the line of duty. But you must have been a great guy because my dad was the best man ever.

P.S. All 4 of your grandchildren and all 8 of your great grandchildren are great swimmers!

Gretchen Hans Guisbert

October 28, 2014

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