Police Chief John Brooke Harter, Sr.

Police Chief John Brooke Harter, Sr.

Allendale Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, August 31, 1913

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John Brooke Harter, Sr.

Police Chief John Harter was shot and killed by a man and his son as he stood on the loading dock at the train depot in nearby Lena.

A witness stated that the father walked up to Chief Harter and asked for a pistol Chief Harter had taken from him earlier. When Chief Harter refused to return the gun, both attacked him and then shot him.

Both were arrested and convicted of manslaughter. The father was sentenced to ten years and his 18-year-old son to five years at Hampton County Public Works.

Chief Harter was survived by his wife and several children.

He is buried in Harter Cemetery, Allendale County, South Carolina.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended


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Chief Harter,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Allendale. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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