Police Officer Harry Clifton Stabler

Police Officer Harry Clifton Stabler

St. Matthews Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, August 1, 1943

Harry Clifton Stabler

Police Officer Harry Stabler was stabbed to death while making an arrest.

The wound was inflicted by an ice pick which penetrated the heart. The suspect was resisting arrest when he made the attack upon the officer. Office Stabler was transported to Tri-County Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The 37-year-old suspect was apprehended three weeks later in New York. On May 23, 1944, he was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Stabler was survived by his wife, two daughters, and two sons.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Ice pick
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I never got to know you granddaddy but I know you were a hero and still are in the eyes of your family and the town of St. Matthews. Grandma Stabler was a wonderful grandma and I stayed with her a lot. She was a wonderul lady and person inside and out. I am sure she missed you very much. She never remarried. I know that one day we will meet and I am excited to get the chance to know you then. Thank you for being the hero you were but it is sad that I did not get to know you. Love your granddaughter. Cheryl Beard
May 4, 2011

Cheryl Beard

June 4, 2011

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