Deputy Sheriff Harland M. Bonner

Deputy Sheriff Harland M. Bonner

Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Friday, June 22, 1984

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Harland M. Bonner

Deputy Sheriff Harland Bonner was shot and killed with his own weapon when he attempted to arrest a man wanted on a DUI warrant.

Deputy Bonner and another officer spotted the suspect and began to pursue him. At one point, both officers lost sight of the suspect, but Deputy Bonner was able to locate the suspect. When Deputy Bonner confronted the suspect, the suspect was able to overpower him and gain control of his firearm.

The suspect shot and killed Deputy Bonner. He then remained on the scene, where responding officers arrested him.

Deputy Bonner was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served with the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, his mother, and two brothers.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

arrest attempt, warrant

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Fair winds, following seas. Thanks for the effort you took with me, trying to hone my skills for my first instructor's school.

Rest eternal grant your faithful servant. May perpetual light shine upon him --

SGT Richard Grassi
Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Dept. (former MTAA Safety Dept.)

September 14, 2023

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