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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Heroes live forever, Deputy Harnest, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Brazoria County and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

December 14, 2013

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