Chief of Police John Alvin Harden

Chief of Police John Alvin Harden

Ellaville Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, November 13, 1965

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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Rest in Peace, Chief Harden. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 25, 2012

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