Policeman Harry Clester

Policeman Harry Clester

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, December 6, 1921

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Harry Clester

Policeman Harry Clester and Policeman W. Brett were shot and killed while transporting six subjects to the police station. The two officers had stopped a car containing the six men and decided to take them to the station for further questioning. One officer drove the suspects' car while the other officer followed behind them. During the drive the suspects shot the officer driving their car. When the other officer stopped the police car to see what happened he was shot too.

Five suspects were apprehended 12 days later and the sixth committed suicide after being tracked to the desert and surrounded. Two of the suspects that were apprehended were hung at San Quentin Prison on April 21, 1924.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1924

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Officer Clester,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your partner who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Los Angeles.


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December 6, 2021

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