Deputy Sheriff Joseph Arthur Harnest

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Arthur Harnest

Brazoria County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, December 14, 1937

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Joseph Arthur Harnest

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Harnest was shot and killed by a farmer who mistook him for an escaped convict.

Deputy Harnest had gone to the man's farm in Sweeney as part of a robbery investigation. The farmer mistook Deputy Harnest for the original suspect and shot him twice.

Deputy Harnest was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available


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I never knew my Grandfather or my Grandmother. He was killed long before I was born. She died during childbirth before I was born also.
I just want to let him know, his oldest daughter, Irene would be 102 on Jan. 4th.
However she died 5 days before.

Margaret Miller
Grand daughter

December 31, 2022

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