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Police Officer Gerald Hemp

6 years
End of Watch: 
Wednesday, January 31, 1973

Incident Details:

Police Officers Gerald Hempe and Charles T. Smith were shot and killed at about 10:00 p.m. on January 31st, 1973.

The two officers were on patrol in their district and called the dispatcher and said they wanted another squad to meet them as soon as possible in the 2300 block of N. Palmer Street. That was the last transmission from the men.

As Officers Hempe and Smith were arresting the passenger, the driver got out of the car and began shooting at them.

Two detectives were four blocks away when they heard the transmission. When they arrived, the two officers were found lying in the street behind their van.

Officer Gerald Hempe was 31 years old and had been on the force for six years.