Special Agent James G. Harney

Special Agent James G. Harney

United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, September 23, 1932

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James G. Harney

Special Agent James Harney was shot and killed near Tamarack, Minnesota, while investigating a still. He and several other officers were searching the woods when he came across the still.

While there a man approached and Agent Harney ordered him to stop. The man instead turned and started to walk back into the woods and Agent Harney followed him and called out to him. The man turned and fired two rounds with a .22 caliber rifle, fatally wounding Agent Harney.

The subject then covered Agent Harney's body with leaves and brush. His body wasn't found until the next day. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison for second degree murder.

Special Agent Harney was survived by his wife and two young sons.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Minnesota
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 80th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. You will always be remembered and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

September 23, 2012

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