Officer Hastings was gunned down as he interrupted an armed robbery in progress.
While on patrol, Officer Hastings conducted routine checks on various businesses on his beat. Officer Hastings came upon five gunmen committing an armed robbery of an office. This office was being used to issue welfare payments to citizens stricken by the Great Depression. The offenders opened fire, fatally wounding Officer Hastings in the encounter.
The suspect was executed in the electric chair on October 13, 1933.p