Deputy Sheriff William Gerome Hardy

Deputy Sheriff William Gerome Hardy

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, July 19, 1995

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William Gerome Hardy

Deputy Sheriff William Hardy was shot and killed while investigating a noise in the parking lot of Crown Sterling Suites, on Woodcrest Place, where he was working an off-duty security detail.

Four suspects were arrested following Deputy Hardy's murder. One of the men was sentenced to death, while charges against two others were dismissed. The fourth suspect was acquitted at trial. One of the men whose charges were dismissed was murdered in 2008.

Deputy Hardy had served Jefferson County Sheriff's Office for 23 years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, and mother.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

noise complaint, secondary employment

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Thinking about you, Sheriff Big John was buried this past week from being gunned down. I just read a Huntsville Officer has been gunned down. This makes the six one this year, and it all brings back the pain of losing you. I am trying to hold the family together but it gets really hard. You was so much better at it especially with Momma. You have not been forgotten and we still shed tears for you. You will always be a Hero . l know it said you are in a better place, but to me you will always be in our hearts.

Deborah Wright

December 7, 2019

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