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Chief of Police John Alvin Harden | Ellaville Police Department, Georgia Ellaville Police Department, Georgia

Chief of Police

John Alvin Harden

Ellaville Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, November 13, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 6 years

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Chief of Police John Harden was shot and killed while making a traffic stop of two brothers.

Chief Harden and a county jailer who was with him became engaged in a struggle with one of the men. The second brother shot and killed him during the struggle.

The brother who was in the struggle was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison. The brother who shot Chief Harden was charged with murder.

Chief Harden was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Rest in Peace, Chief Harden. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
March 25, 2012


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