Town Marshal John N. Harris

Town Marshal John N. Harris

Sellersburg Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, January 16, 1915

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John N. Harris

Marshal John Harris succumbed to wounds he suffered two days earlier while attempting to arrest two burglary suspects.

Marshal Harris was investigating a report of a burglary at a blacksmith shop when two subjects exited the business. As Marshal Harris began chasing the subjects on foot, he was struck by gunfire from a pistol by one of the suspects. Marshal Harris succumbed to his wounds two days later.

The suspects fled the scene and were never apprehended. A day later, they were suspected of the murder of North Vernon Police Officer Frank McKinsey.

Marshal Harris was a United States Army veteran. He was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 14, 1915
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Never apprehended

arrest attempt

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It’s funny that I thought about looking my great grandfathers memorial up today it was today 107 years ago that he was shot I never realized the day til today my grandmother never got over loosing her father at the age of 4 years old her mother raised his daughter s all alone during the depression they had a hard life.

Joann Chapman

February 14, 2022

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