Police Officer John Henry Hill

Police Officer John Henry Hill

Altus Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Friday, September 7, 1934

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John Henry Hill

Police Officer John Hill was shot and killed by two white suspects who were upset that Officer Hill, who was black, had ordered them to leave an area of town earlier in the evening.

After the original incident, the two men went to a store and each bought a .38 caliber pistol. They returned to the area and located Officer Hill. As Officer Hill attempted to disarm one of the men the other suspect shot him in the back four times. Although wounded, Officer Hill was able to return fire and killed one of the suspects.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

bias incident, retaliation

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Officer Hill: Thanks for your service to Altus and to the citizens of Oklahoma. Your sacrifice is appreciated. It's unfortunate that these men succeeded in their evil mission, but you honored our profession and we appreciate your service and sacrifice. It's good to see your family still honors you as well.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (ret) & NVD
Washoe County Sheriff (Ret) & NVDPS

September 7, 2021

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