Officer Johnnie Tillman Hartwell

Officer Johnnie Tillman Hartwell

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, November 10, 1971

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Johnnie Tillman Hartwell

Officer Johnnie Hartwell was shot and killed after he and his training officer observed a truck strike a utility pole. Believing the men were intoxicated, the officers asked the men to exit the vehicle. Unbeknownst to them, two of the men had just robbed the third man and planned to kill him. The two suspects opened fire on the officers, fatally wounding Officer Hartwell and wounding his training officer. Both officers returned fire, wounding the suspects. The men were subsequently sentenced to 999 years in prison.

Officer Hartwell had been with the agency for three months and was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge 3155

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 999 years

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Officer Hartwell,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Dallas. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 11, 2021

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