- Case number: 623
- Incident location: Callender Road
- Ashtabula County
- Incident date: 3/10/1970
- Homicide date: 3/20/1970
- Date of birth: 5/28/1941
- Gender: Male
- Race/Ethnicity: White
- Law enforcement agency: Ashtabula County Sheriff's Department
On the evening of March 10, 1970, Chief Hamrick became involved in a pursuit of unknown individuals. The pursuit ended on Callender Road in the Village of Rock Creek when Chief Hamrick slid off of the icy dirt road and struck a tree, causing moderate damage to his vehicle. The events that unfolded immediately following the accident are unknown at this time. At some point, Chief Hamrick exited his patrol vehicle and was beaten severely on the side of his head with a tire iron. Somehow his unconscious body was placed across the seat of his marked police vehicle. He was not discovered for hours and was transported to the Cleveland Clinic where he died 10 days later, never regaining consciousness. The suspects are unknown at this time.
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