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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This great man is my great grandfather. His daughter Martha Paul was my grandmother (big mama) when he was murdered she was 9 years old. Growing up my grandmother and mother (Phyllis Williams) kept his legacy alive. My mother wrote the poem that's on the plaque with his picture at the police station. It's sad that you have to ask to see it because it's locked behind a door. I am the only blood relative left besides my cousin Larry Madden that still resides in Altus, ok. I am proud of my great grandfather and I will never forget the stories my grandmother shared with me. I was graced with my great grandmother Ruby Hill (his wife and my big mama) until I was 22 years old. I thank God for her wisdom and love she shared. My last uncle his baby son past away a few months ago and his grandson Clarence Michael Paul passed away a few weeks ago. I am blessed to be here at 47 and knowing my roots run deep. I am proud to be a descendant of John Henry Hill my "paw paw"!

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February 26, 2023

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