Patrolman
Amos L. Hamilton
Frankfort Police Department
Saturday, October 12, 1929

Age: 33
Served: 2 years
Badge #:
Military Service: U.S. Army
• World War I
Panel 62W, Line 4
Panel L28, Line 7

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, October 12, 1929
07:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Alley west of Main Street, north of Washington Street, Frankfort
Incident County:
Clinton
Incident Township:
Center
Weapon Used:
.45-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Paroled after 15 years
Burial Location:
Clarks Hill Cemetery, Clarks Hill

   Patrolman Amos Hamilton was shot and killed as he and two other officers escorted a suspect to the police station for questioning of recent robberies in Delphi and Flora.

   They located the suspect in a cigar store and as they walked out the front door the man ran into an nearby alley. The suspect opened fire as the officers pursued him, striking Patrolman Hamilton in the face. One of the other officers returned fire, wounding the suspect and a bystander.

   Although wounded, the 23-year-old man was able to escape but was arrested the following day. He was later convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Fifteen years later, the governor commuted the sentence and the offender was released on parole.

   Earlier that day, Patrolman Hamilton escorted the Hammond Police Department honor guard during the funeral of their fallen officer, Detective Sergeant Leo Fox, in Frankfort.

   Patrolman Hamilton was survived by his wife and two children.


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