Patrol Officer Harry A. Chesmore

Patrol Officer Harry A. Chesmore

Duluth Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Thursday, January 5, 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 Office Chestmore in the chest and head, killing him. The two then robbed the streetcar's passengers and fled.

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.

Bio

  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Both deceased

juvenile offender, prisoner custody, robbery, transport

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the one hundred and first anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 5, 2012

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