Juvenile Officer Charles H. Hurt

Juvenile Officer Charles H. Hurt

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Wednesday, November 13, 1963

Add to My Heroes

Charles H. Hurt

Juvenile Officer Charles Hurt was shot and killed as he and another officer were searching for students who were playing hooky from school in Scotlandville.

They were searching a wooded area at a community center near the high school when a 17-year-old student shot him once with a .22 caliber pistol. The subject was apprehended the next day.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. The Louisiana Supreme Court awarded him a new trial in 1969, and he was again convicted of murder, but this time sentenced to life. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory sentencing of life without parole for juvenile offenders was a “cruel and unusual” punishment. In 2016, the Supreme Court took up the suspect's case and extended their decision on such sentences to people already in prison. He was denied parole on October 12, 2019. He had been Louisiana's longest-serving inmate until he was granted parole on November 17, 2021.

Officer Hurt had served with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office for 17 months. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life, paroled in 2021

juvenile offender

Most Recent Reflection

View all 13 Reflections

I remember this day just like it happen today. It brought a silence over our community in the Baker Louisiana, specially the subdivision that we lived in ( Bakersfield).
These men and women leave home everyday not knowing what the day will bring, they just go and do the job they love. We all try to keep the positive faith that the Lord will keep his hands over them.
Mr. Charlie thank you for your service and my the Lord keep his hands on your family to give them the guidance they need.

John Brown
Franklinton, La.

John Brown
School friend

October 25, 2019

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.