Patrolman George T. Hunter

Patrolman George T. Hunter

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, October 12, 1946

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George T. Hunter

Patrolman Hunter died of wounds he received when he was shot after attempting to stop a suspicious person.

Patrolman Hunter was on patrol near the corner of West 127th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, Manhattan, when he observed a suspicious man running east on West 127th Street. When Patrolman Hunter attempted to stop the suspect, the suspect turned and opened fire, wounding both Patrolman Hunter and his partner.

The suspect was pursued by two patrolmen and a police Captain after they heard the shots. He was captured by the officers at the corner of 126th Street and 8th Avenue. An investigation revealed that the suspect had an argument with his wife, left, retrieved a .45-caliber handgun and planned to return and kill her. The suspect stopped on his way home and robbed a bar. Patrolman Hunter and his partner had attempted to stop the suspect just minutes after the robbery.

Patrolman Hunter and his partner were taken to the hospital, where Patrolman Hunter died from his wounds two days later.

The 36-year-old suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. He was executed in the electric chair on August 21, 1947.

Patrolman Hunter was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his actions.

Patrolman Hunter had served with the New York City Police Department for three years and had previously served with the New York City Fire Department. He was a United States Navy veteran, who served with the Navy during World War II.

Patrolman Hunter was survived by his wife and three-year-old daughter. He was assigned to the 30th Precinct.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 12387
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, October 10, 1946
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1947

suspicious person

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Patrolman Hunter,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

October 12, 2021

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