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. He 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.

Bio

  • Age 41
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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It’s unbelievable that it’s been 33 years since your parents stopped by the Pearce’s in Beaufort on their way to Florida and told them what happened to you. The Pearce’s then told me. We were all in shock and heartbroken, but were very proud of your service to your country in the Special Forces in Vietnam and your community with honors. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten, Harry. Judy

Judy Juchum

July 17, 2019

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