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Officer Harley Alfred Chisholm, III | Birmingham Police Department, Alabama Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

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Harley Alfred Chisholm, III

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Thursday, June 17, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 3055

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; SKS

Offender: Sentenced to death

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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.

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Officer Carlos Winston Owen
Birmingham Police Department, Alabama
End of Watch: Thursday, June 17, 2004
Cause: Gunfire

Officer C. Robert Bennett
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End of Watch: Thursday, June 17, 2004
Cause: Gunfire

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Hey , Marine..... hey "Smoothe "......I heard you say Semper Fi to Officer Ashley Guindon when she arrived there with you Saturday . I can just see you standing tall and telling her outstanding you may not have finished your tour today , but you finished the job , you made us proud , you'll never walk alone.......God , I remember those last words in the breezeway , I remember that laugh that day....... I remember you my brother......Rhonda he will never , ever be forgotten........

Val Pickens
B'ham PD , Al (retired)
February 29, 2016

 

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