Officer Austin Hepburn, Jr.

Officer Austin Hepburn, Jr.

Hallandale Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, July 27, 1973

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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

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I was young when I attended the funeral of my cousin Austin Hepburn Jr. I remember it though, like it was yesterday. It would be many years later as I worked for the Broward Sheriff's Office, I would hear the familiar ceremonial performances of Tapps. It still brings sorrowful memories. My cousin was always nice to me. I looked up to him and respected him. I was proud of him. This is my reflection and my memory of Austin Hepburn Jr. ...RIP!

Wendy Johnson

May 18, 2018

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