Patrol Officer Harry A. Chesmore

Patrol Officer Harry A. Chesmore

Duluth Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Friday, January 6, 1911

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Harry A. Chesmore

Patrol Officer Harry Chesmore was shot and killed while transporting two robbery suspects to the police headquarters.

The two suspects, one juvenile and one adult, had just robbed the porter at the Hotel McKay. Officer Chesmore arrested the two as attempted to flee across the Interstate Bridge into Superior, Wisconsin. He had them board the platform of a streetcar and was taking them to headquarters when the juvenile complained of being cold. He had told the juvenile to go inside of the streetcar to stay warm. Moments later he was distracted by a drunk man on the streetcar's platform while the streetcar was in the area of Garfield Avenue and Superior Street.

One of the prisoners took the opportunity to draw a pistol and shot Officer Chesmore in the chest and head, fatally wounding him. The two then robbed the streetcar's passengers and fled.

Officer Chesmore succumbed to his wounds the following day.

Both were later apprehended, convicted of second-degree murder, and sentenced to life in prison. One of the subjects died in prison of tuberculosis and the other died of the same disease shortly after being released to his parents.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 5, 1911
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Both deceased

juvenile offender, prisoner custody, robbery, transport

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Patrolman Chesmore,
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 Duluth.


United States Border Patrol

January 6, 2021

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