Chief of Police John Alvin Harden

Chief of Police John Alvin Harden

Ellaville Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, November 13, 1965

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John Alvin Harden

Chief of Police John Harden was shot and killed while making a traffic stop of two brothers.

Chief Harden and a county jailer who was with him became engaged in a struggle with one of the men. The second brother shot and killed him during the struggle.

The brother who was in the struggle was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison. The brother who shot Chief Harden was charged with murder.

Chief Harden was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 6 years

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Chief Harden,
On today, the 53rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 13, 2018

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