Lieutenant Edward B. Harding

Photo of Lieutenant Edward B. Harding
End of Watch: Sun, Dec 6th, 1885
Date of Incident: Sun, Dec 6th, 1885
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 20 years
Age: 55


His wife and five children


Lieutenant Harding was shot and killed while investigating a disturbance at a local saloon at 539 Walnut Street.

He was making his rounds when he heard the commotion inside and entered the business to investigate. One of the men immediately produced a revolver and shot Lieutenant Harding in the shoulder.

As Lieutenant Harding fell against a counter the man then shot him in the back, killing him. As the suspect fled from the saloon he shot at another policeman. The policeman returned fire, fatally striking the suspect in the head.

Lieutenant Harding was a Confederate Army veteran of the Civil War.


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