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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 at Rogers 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.
The 24-year-old wounded man was able to escape but was arrested the following day. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in a change of venue to Boone County. In 1945, Governor Ralph F. Gates commuted his sentence and he was released on parole.
A 43-year-old man, who permitted the suspect to stay in his Frankfort home overnight, received a suspended sentence of one to 10 years after being charged as an accessory after the fact to involuntary manslaughter.
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, 8-year-old son, 9-year-old daughter, father and stepmother. His son retired as a trooper after having served with the Indiana State Police for 22 years.
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