Constable
Hamilton Perry Dalton
Vigo County Sheriff's Department
Tuesday, August 2, 1927

Age: 60
Served:
Badge #:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, August 2, 1927
10:15 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
531 South 6th Street, West Terre Haute
Incident County:
Vigo
Incident Township:
Sugar Creek
Weapon Used:
.38-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to 2 to 21 years
Burial Place:
Bethesda Cemetery, West Terre Haute

   Constable Hamilton Dalton was shot and killed while attempting to serve a writ of execution at a home in West Terre Haute.

   After speaking to the man's wife at the front door of the residence, he approached the subject to advise him about the writ. When the man stated he could not pay his $38 grocery bill, Constable Dalton inquired about the ownership of a vehicle in the garage.

   The man demanded he leave his property before producing a revolver and shooting Constable Dalton in the right jaw. A passer-by saw the wounded constable in the front yard and transported him to Union Hospital in Terre Haute where he died.

   The 35-year-old offender was indicted for first-degree murder and was later sentenced to 2 to 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. The man had previously served a prison term for manslaughter of a man near Fontanet.

   Constable Dalton was widowed and survived by two sons and two daughters.

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This officer, discovered in 2019, has not been submitted for consideration as an eligible line of duty death to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund by the Vigo County Sheriff's Department.


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