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Oct. 27, 1903
Caucasian Male / 46 yrs. of age
Hamilton Police Department
Homicide - Gun
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Tue. Oct. 27, 1903
Constable Barron was summoned to a residence to investigate a prowler. He discovered a man on a ladder trying to pry open a window of a house owned by the city solicitor. A second man was not visible to the constable. He confronted the man asking, "What are you doing here?" At the turn of the century Hamilton police were unarmed. Barron didn't even have a dark lantern. (Used by officers in the downtown core.) The second man fired 3 shots at Barron. The first 2 missed but the 3rd struck a buckle on his suspenders and deflected it into his side, breaking a rib and went through his bowel and lodged into his back muscle. He was taken to hospital and had surgery. The content of his bowel caused a severe infection which was fatal. His murder remains unsolved.