Policeman Harrison Clement Hitch

Policeman Harrison Clement Hitch

Princeton Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, May 11, 1913

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Harrison Clement Hitch

Officer Harrison Hitch was killed while attempting to arrest the ex-husband of a woman at her house.

When Officer Hitch arrived, he found the man was armed and while trying to get him to surrender his weapon, the suspect fired. Officer Hitch was struck by three rounds, but was able to return fire, wounding the suspect in the arm before staggering out to the front porch where he died within minutes.

The suspect fled the scene and was captured the following evening after a statewide manhunt. He was arrested in a Terre Haute hospital where he had gone to receive treatment for his wound. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, where he died.

Officer Hitch was survived by his wife and their 10 children.


  • Age 51
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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Wow! To leave a widow and ten kids behind says it all so humbly, honorably and heroically. Rest in peace Policeman Hitch.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 11, 2022

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