The Saturday before Christmas 1979 he crossed the border into Co Monaghan to collect a turkey for the family's Christmas lunch. Shortly after collecting the turkey he was ambushed by at least two gunmen in a quiet country lane near the village of Glasslough. The terrorists had lay in wait behind a hedge and sprayed his car with more than 20 bullets. The ambush appeared to be well planned, but no arrests were made.
R/Constable Hazelton was 48 and left a wife and son. At his funeral the priest said he had been a good neighbour and that he was well respected in the community. A plaque and rose bowl were later unveiled in his memory at Carland Presbyterian Church near Dungannon.
|Memorial plaque to R/Constable Hazelton|