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Constable Luther T. Hardison | Coral Gables Police Department, Florida Coral Gables Police Department, Florida


Luther T. Hardison

Coral Gables Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, February 17, 1951

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 26 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Alabama

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Paroled in 1969

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Constable Hardison was shot and killed with his own weapon while extraditing a prisoner from Los Angeles, California, back to Florida. As they drove through Alabama and neared Florida the un-handcuffed suspect gained control of Constable Hardison's weapon and shot and killed him. A few hours later Constable Hardison's blood stained car was found by police in New Orleans. The suspect was apprehended in New York City seven days later when he tried to pawn the constables .38 cal. pistol for $15. The suspect was returned to Alabama and charged with Constable Hardison's murder.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life. He was paroled in January of 1969. In June of 1970 he was returned to prison for violating his parole.

Constable Hardison was a WWI U.S. Navy veteran. He had been the elected constable for three years but had been in law enforcement for 26 years. The position of elected Constable was abolished from Florida in 1973. He was survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. His wife took over his job as constable.

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As the day draws closer to the Police Officer Memorial at Tropical Park, I felt the need to visit this page.
I never knew you but you have always been in my heart and I know you would have made a wonderful grandfather.
I have heard many wonderful stories about you throughout the years. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful strong man.
You will be fondly remembered by family at the service.

March 26, 2017


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