Patrolman Jon Roy Hardy

Patrolman Jon Roy Hardy

Gillette Police Department, Wyoming

End of Watch Tuesday, December 20, 1983

Add to My Heroes

Jon Roy Hardy

Patrolman Jon Hardy was shot and killed in an ambush after responding to a residential burglary call on Harder Drive.

He was shot, and his partner was wounded as they returned to their patrol car after checking a house. The subject used a .223 caliber Kar 15 that he had converted to fully automatic. He was holding a female hostage in the home after killing four people earlier in the day. It is believed that the shooter made the call to lure the officers to his residence.

The man later died when the pipe bombs he was making exploded. His hostage was injured in the explosion but survived.

Patrolman Hardy was a United States Air Force veteran and served with the Gillette Police Department for over one year. He was survived by his two children.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .223 caliber
  • Offender Deceased

ambush, burglary, false report

Most Recent Reflection

View all 18 Reflections

Patrolman Hardy,
On today, the 40th 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. Air Force. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 20, 2023

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.