Agent Harold Lane Caldwell

Agent Harold Lane Caldwell

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, September 14, 1979

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Harold Lane Caldwell

Agent Harold Caldwell was shot and killed while backing up local officers investigating an abduction case in Corinth, Mississippi.

As Agent Caldwell's partner spoke to the suspect the man began to draw a weapon. Agent Caldwell immediately intervened and attempted to disarm the man, but was fatally shot.

The 75-year-old suspect had kidnapped a 37-year-old woman. He was charged with capital murder in connection with Agent Caldwell's murder. On May 21, 1980, a mistrial was declared when he suddenly became very ill in court and was admitted to a hospital. Another trial date would be set if his health permitted, however, he died in 1985 without being tried.

Agent Caldwell had served with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics for 2-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge V-42

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Not available


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You’re fondly remembered Lane as a great guy, fellow agent, massive sense of humor, hero, and father of two fine sons, Chancey and Justin.

Randy Corban
fellow agent, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics

May 22, 2022

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