Patrolman
Hans B. Brandt
South Bend Police Department
Sunday, June 18, 1916

Age: 29
Served: 1 month, 1 week
Badge #:
Panel 53W, Line 10
Panel L11, Line 6

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, May 22, 1916
01:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
27 days
Incident Location:
500 block of South Brookfield Street, South Bend
Incident County:
St. Joseph
Incident Township:
Portage
Weapon Used:
Revolver
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to 2 to 21 years
Burial Place:
City Cemetery, South Bend

   Patrolman Hans Brandt died from a severe infection from gunshot wounds suffered about a month earlier when he and his partner were attacked on the city's west side.

   While walking their beat, they found two intoxicated men who were loud and causing a disturbance. When the suspects refused to leave the area, they began to argue with the officers. One of the suspects pulled a gun from his pocket and shot Patrolman Brandt in the chest.

   Patrolman Brandt's partner struck the gun from the suspect's hand with his nightstick and knocked him to the ground, when the other suspect pulled a knife which was also struck from his hand before forcing him to the ground and arresting both of them.

   Patrolman Brandt was taken to Epworth Hospital where he died nearly a month later.

   The shooter was charged with murder and later pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He was sentenced to two to 21 years in prison.

   Patrolman Brandt was survived by his brother, four sisters and parents.

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United States Marine Corps



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