Lieutenant John Edward Hatfull

Lieutenant John Edward Hatfull

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch Monday, April 13, 1987

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John Edward Hatfull

Sergeant John Hatfull was shot and killed while leading an Emergency Response Team into the home of a suicidal man who had held them at bay for several hours in Posey County.

Sergeant Hatfull was a U.S Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Indiana State Police for over 14 years and was assigned to the Evansville post. He was survived by his wife and two children. After his death, he was promoted to lieutenant, the agency's only officer to ever receive a posthumous promotion.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 14 years, 2 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

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Rest in peace Lt. Hatfull.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 26, 2020

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