Detective Young Clifton Hobson

Detective Young Clifton Hobson

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, May 3, 1968

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Young Clifton Hobson

Detective Young Clifton Hobson was shot and killed during an interrogation of a suspect.

Detective Hobson observed a man with a handgun in his waistband. Detective Hobson approached the man and began to question him. The gunman drew the weapon and fired several shots, striking Detective Hobson. Detective Hobson died a few hours later at the hospital.

The suspect was arrested, convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 to 40 years. He was paroled in 1983. A year later he was returned to prison after he was caught with a sawed-off shotgun and a sub machine gun after he wrecked his car. He was released again on April 4, 1987. A week later he was arrested after he held up a restaurant. He was convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to 60 years.

Detective Hobson had served with the agency for 11 years and had previously served for four years with the United States Air Force Military Police. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 11118
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 40 years

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Rest in peace Officer Hobson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 9, 2019

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