Patrolman William T. Hunt

Patrolman William T. Hunt

Buffalo Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, January 17, 1924

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William T. Hunt

Patrolman William Hunt succumbed to a fractured skull when he was beaten by a subject he had arrested for suspicion of burglary.

Patrolman Hunt had arrested two subjects and stopped to use the patrol box at North Division Street and Chestnut Street. While making his call, the subject pointed his gun at Patrolman Hunt's head and fired three times, but the gun failed to discharge. The subject used the gun's handle to beat Patrolman Hunt unconscious before Patrolman Hunt could reach for his own gun. Patrolman Hunt was transported to the Emergency Hospital, where he was able to give a description of his attacker. He succumbed to his injuries two days later.

The suspect was captured later in the day and found guilty of murder. He was sentenced to death and executed in the electric chair on January 22, 1925.

Patrolman Hunt had sevred with the Buffalo Police Department for at least two years, assigned to the pawnshop squad. He was survived by two sons and a daughter.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 15, 1924
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1925

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Patrolman Hunt,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Buffalo.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

January 17, 2024

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