Officer Harry S. Van Meter

Officer Harry S. Van Meter

Fresno Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, February 21, 1907

Harry S. Van Meter

Officer Van Meter was shot and killed while checking on a business. He had circled around the business and entered an alley when he was surprised by a suspect who shot him four times before fleeing. Officer Van Meter was able to return fire but did not strike the suspect. The prime suspect in the case, although never brought to justice for Officer Van Meter's murder, was also the prime suspect in the murder of Deputy Joe Price of the Fresno County Sheriff's Department.

Officer Van Meter had been with the agency for one year and was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never positively identified

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Though it has been 108 years since Officer Van Meter's death, he is still remembered and his sacrifice honored at the Fresno Police Department. Today we placed flowers next to his name at our department's memorial and at the county peace officers memorial. God speed Van Meter, and thank you for your service to our community.

Officer Will McCarty
Fresno Police Department

February 21, 2015

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