Deputy Sheriff Herbert Julius Hard

Deputy Sheriff Herbert Julius Hard

DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, February 13, 1892

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Herbert Julius Hard

Deputy Sheriff Bert Hard was shot and killed while raiding a gambling den with other deputies near Arcadia, Florida.

The man opened fire on the officers with a Winchester rifle, striking Deputy Hard in the abdomen. The suspect who shot him was captured by an angry mob and lynched after being held by the mob for one week.

Deputy Hard had been sworn in on the day he was murdered to assist with keeping order while a visiting circus was in town.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Lynched


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Deputy Sheriff Hard,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of DeSoto County.


United States Border Patrol

February 13, 2022

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