Sergeant James M. Hardenbrook

Sergeant James M. Hardenbrook

Fresno Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, July 31, 1922

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James M. Hardenbrook

Sergeant James Hardenbrook was shot and killed at 3:20 am after stopping a vehicle in front of 235 Broadway Street that contained a parolee and two escaped convicts from a state reformatory.

During the stop the parolee opened fire with a .32 caliber handgun, striking Sergeant Hardenbrook one time in the chest. The men were all apprehended and the shooter was sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled in 1932.

Sergeant Hardenbrook was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 1932

escapee, parolee, traffic stop

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Sgt. Hardenbrook,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fresno.


United States Border Patrol

July 31, 2022

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