Special Officer Middleton Pierce Harwell

Special Officer Middleton Pierce Harwell

Western and Atlantic Railroad Police, Railroad Police

End of Watch Saturday, March 25, 1905

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Middleton Pierce Harwell

Special Officer Middleton Harwell was shot and killed when he discovered several men attempting to break into a railroad freight car in the Western and Atlantic Railroad yards, probably near the modern day Philips Arena.

He was moving between two railroad cards when he was shot twice in the back of the head and killed. Nearby railroad workers heard the shots and discovered his body, still clutching his revolver.

Two men were arrested for his murder, convicted, and sentenced to life.

Officer Harwell had served with the Western and Atlantic Railroad Police for at least 15 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Georgia
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Those that came after you had so much to be proud of, and yet how tragic that your sacrifice was foremost. I have no doubts that your life showed many reasons to be proud.

God Bless you, Officer Harwell, and may your eternal rest be and forever remain, peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

August 29, 2017

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