Officer Harley Alfred Chisholm, III

Officer Harley Alfred Chisholm, III

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, June 17, 2004

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Harley Alfred Chisholm, III

Officer Chisholm, Officer Carlos Owen, and Officer Robert Bennett were shot and killed at approximately 1330 hours while serving a warrant at a home near 18th Street and Avenue P, in the Ensley area of the city.

The three victim officers, along with a fourth officer, went to the one-story row house that contained several apartments with a warrant for the arrest of a man on a misdemeanor assault charge. Officer Owen and Officer Chisholm entered the apartment through the back door intending to arrest the suspect.

The suspect broke away from them and ran toward the front of the house where Officer Bennett was about to come through the front door. One of the suspects then opened fire with an automatic SKS rifle, killing all three officers and wounding the fourth officer.

The suspected shooter and several other suspects were taken into custody near the scene by a tactical team a short time later. On January 19, 2005, the suspect that shot shot the officers was convicted of three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. On September 23, 2005, he was given three death sentences.

Officer Chisholm had served with the Birmingham Police Department for six years, and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps. He was assigned to the West Precinct. Officer Chisholm is survived by his wife, mother, four sisters and a brother.

Bio

  • Age 40
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 3055

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; SKS
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Harley I just found about this last night. I am at a loss for words. I can still remember us playing street football as kids with Ted Hogan. Eventually all of us worked together at Publix during high school and I can't believe they actually paid us to go to work and have fun.

The Final Inspection

The policeman stood and faced his God,

Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?”

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,
Because those of us who carry badges
can’t always be a saint.

I‘ve had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep….
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you’ve a place for me here,
Lord, It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t…..I’ll understand.

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

“Step forward now, policeman,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in hell.”

Master Deputy Philip Orrico
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa, Florida

October 13, 2019

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