Officer Austin Hepburn, Jr.

Officer Austin Hepburn, Jr.

Hallandale Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, July 27, 1973

Austin Hepburn, Jr.

Officer Austin Hepburn was shot and killed by a juvenile in a stolen vehicle in front of 516 NW Sixth Street.

He observed several juveniles attempting to change the license plate on the car. As he approached the group one of the boys grabbed him. A second boy exited the patrol car and shot him with both loads of a double barreled shotgun.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Not available

juvenile offender, stolen vehicle

Most Recent Reflection

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Today at The Peninsula where I do Friday Sabbath services, there was an interfaith breakfast and your cousin, Reverend Gilbert Hepburn was there. Fifteen years ago at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Hallandale Beach, we met and spoke. It was during the 911 period in which our country was under siege. Planes were hijacked and innocent lives were lost. Today, I told your cousin I would leave this humble reflection for you, Officer Hepburn. A man of faith and resolve. Rest in peace and thank you for serving the people of Hallandale Beach, a place my family once called home.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 27, 2016

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