Constable John Wesley Harryman

Constable John Wesley Harryman

Newton County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, April 13, 1933

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John Wesley Harryman

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.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Both shot and killed

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Wes Harryman was my Great-Grandmother's brother. One time Great-Grandma Atha spoke to me about what happened to Uncle Wes, I remember looking at her face seeing tears in her eyes. It was very painful for her. I have a picture of him with my grandma and their father and siblings, she was about 18 in that picture.

Wendy Hall

April 21, 2019

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