Detective Hamby died after being shot by a burglary suspect on February 8, 1921.
Acting on information obtained from three men arrested for an assault on another officer, Detective Hamby and other officers went to the Nord Hotel at 59 East 200 South.
While attempting to gain access to a room where the men had been staying, Detective Hamby was shot in the head by a fourth suspect hiding inside. The suspect was killed by return fire from the other officers.
The 49-year-old victim was married and had three children, including a grown son who was also an
officer with the Police Department. Detective Hamby is buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery.
If you have memories or photos of Detective Hamby to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (801) 799-3340.
The Police Department wishes to thank the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial for its assistance in this remembrance.