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Constable John Wesley Harryman | Newton County Sheriff's Department, Missouri Newton County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

Constable

John Wesley Harryman

Newton County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Thursday, April 13, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Both shot and killed

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Constable John Harryman and Detective Harry McGinnis of the Joplin Police Department were killed in a gun battle with the notorious outlaw gang led by Bonnie and Clyde. Detective McGinnis, Constable Haryman and several other area officers had gone to their hideout to investigate what they thought were bootleggers. Instead, they had stumbled upon Bonnie and Clyde. Both Detective McGinnis and Constable Harryman were shot and killed.

Constable Harryman was survived by his wife and is buried in Saginaw Cemetery, Saginaw, Newton County, Missouri.

The Bonnie and Clyde Gang was responsible for the murder of law enforcement officers in four states - Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas - between 1932 and 1934. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow started their criminal career by robbing banks and quickly became notorious murderers wanted for the murders of nine law enforcement officers.

The two criminals were finally shot and killed in Louisiana when they were ambushed by a task force of Texas and Louisiana officers.

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My mother Sarah Ellen Harryman Denison is the youngest daughter of John Harryman. My grandmother Atha Ellen was left with 5 young children to raise. My mother was only 3 years old at the time her father was murdered but does have memories of him holding her on his lap. She was cheated, along with the rest of the family, of the joy of having her loving father watch her grow up.

Jesse R. Denison
Grandson
January 25, 2016

 

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