Officer J. E. Hart

Officer J. E. Hart

Hot Springs Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, March 16, 1899

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J. E. Hart

Officer J.E. Hart, Officer Thomas Goslee, and Chief Thomas Toler were shot and killed by a neighboring sheriff, his son, and three of his deputies, during an argument over a mayoral election.

The sheriff and his deputies came into town and started arguing with officers and a local bartender. The men left, but later returned. A gunfight ensued when the bartender attacked one of the deputies with a knife. All three Hot Springs officers, the bartender, and one of the deputies were killed.

The sheriff, his son, and his other two deputies were arrested and charged with murder. Two were tried and acquitted. The trials of the other two ended with hung juries.

Officer Hart was survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender One killed, four arrested

disorderly, election

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No passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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