Patrol Officer Harry Biddington Hanson, Jr.

Patrol Officer Harry Biddington Hanson, Jr.

Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch Thursday, July 17, 1986

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Harry Biddington Hanson, Jr.

Police Officer Harry Hanson was shot and killed while searching for a suspect who had shot at another officer.

After shooting at the first officer, the suspect stole her cruiser and fled. He crashed into a wall and began fleeing on foot. Officer Hanson arrived, leaving his canine in his cruiser, and began tracking the suspect with a second canine officer. As they approached the suspect's hiding place, he opened fire, striking Officer Hanson in the neck. Other officers returned fire, striking the suspect several times.

The suspect was arrested and sentenced to 119 years.

Officer Hanson had served with the Anchorage Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 119 years

foot pursuit, weapons violation

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I worked at Alpine Veterinary Hospital,in Anchorage, when Officer Hanson was killed. PEOPLE who had gone to his service reported Officer Hanson s dog howling during the burial. HEART BREAKING. I now have a 33 year old son named Harry.

Carleen Turner,Veterinary tech
Veterinary Tech,at Alpine Veterinary Hospital

March 25, 2023

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