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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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Harnest.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 25, 2021

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