Sergeant Henry Joseph "Hank" Daly

Sergeant Henry Joseph "Hank" Daly

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Tuesday, November 22, 1994

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Henry Joseph "Hank" Daly

Sergeant Hank Daly was shot and killed after a gunman entered the Metropolitan Police Department headquarters at 300 Indiana Avenue, NW.

The man rode the elevator up to the third floor and then entered the Cold Case Squad room. As he entered, Sergeant Daly confronted him to ask if he needed anything. The suspect then pulled out an automatic weapon and shot Sergeant Daly at point-blank range, killing him instantly. He then opened fire on the three FBI agents in the room, as they returned fire. Special Agents Martha Dixon Martinez and Michael John Miller were killed inside of the room and the third agent was shot and seriously wounded. Agent Martinez was able to shoot the suspect but did not kill him. The suspect ultimately took Agent Martinez's gun and killed himself.

The suspect had previously been a suspect in a triple homicide. After being questioned several times by detectives, he was cleared, but members of the suspect's gang labeled him a snitch. In order to redeem himself in the eyes of his fellow gang members, he decided to kill a police officer. A further investigation revealed that the suspect entered the Cold Case Squad office by mistake and was looking for the Homicide Squad office.

After an extensive investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the gun that was used by the suspect was traced back to a man in Kentucky who was illegally selling guns to convicted criminals. That man was eventually sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

Sergeant Daly was a United States Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for 28 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

The Metropolitan Police Department headquarters was later renamed The Henry J. Daly Building in his honor. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 60, Grave 7834.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge S-633
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Mac-11
  • Offender Committed suicide


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For a long time when I was assigned to HOMICIDE, Hank was my sgt. He was a really nice guy. I was working at WHC the day of the shooting and my best friend in DC Superior Kurt called and told me DC officers and detectives were leaving the court building running over the Hq because there was a shooting in the HOMICIDE office. At least one victim was taken to MEDSTAR at WHC.

When I was finally able to respond to MEDSTAR I was told by doctors there that one of the DOA’s was Sgt Henry “Hank” Daly.
This was one of the darkest days of my life as I looked down at Hank

Forest Hamlin

November 22, 2021

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