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- Jul. 18, 1943 -
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Petersburg Police Department Agency Patch
Resided: VA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Jul. 18, 1943
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 45 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Petersburg Police Dept.
VA   USA
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Patrol Officer
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
On The Job: 15 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: VA   USA   Sun. Jul. 18, 1943
Summary: Officer Hatchell was shot and killed with his own weapon following a brief vehicle pursuit of a stolen vehicle. The stolen car went over an embankment near the old Petersburg Hospital and the driver fled on foot. During the foot pursuit Officer Hatchell was shot and killed.

Two passengers in the car identified the driver who was later arrested and charged with Officer Hatchell's murder. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. On October 13, 1945, his sentence was commuted to life. Later evidence surfaced that pointed to the suspect's innocence. The two passengers, who at the time of the incident said they hitched a ride with the suspect, could no longer be located. He was pardoned by Governor John Battle on December 23, 1952.

Officer Hatchell had been with the agency for 15 years.

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