Incident DetailsCause of Death:
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.