1895 – Frank Hamilton – Special Deputy – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Special Deputy Frank Hamilton

Biographical Info:
Age: 34

Tour of Duty: 4 months
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: April 8, 1895
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Suspect’s name/info not available
Deputy Frank Hamilton was shot and killed by a man who had threatened him.

Deputy Frank Hamilton, was a Native American, had greeted the suspect who responded back with a racial epithet. After exchanging words, Deputy Hamilton left the business he was checking on. The suspect also left, retrieved a revolver, and went in search of Deputy Hamilton. The man located Deputy Hamilton in an alleyway and shot him twice. Deputy Hamilton succumbed to the gunshot wounds the following day. Deputy Hamilton had served with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office for four months.

Special Deputy Frank Hamilton is Riverside County’s first known law enforcement officer death (LODD).
Riverside County was incorporated on May 9, 1893.