End of Tour: Sunday, December 6, 1885
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Assignment: Not available
Age: Not available
Incident Date: Sunday, December 6, 1885
Incident Location: 9th and Walnut Streets
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Suspect Name: William Courtney
Weapon Involved: Gun; Unknown type
Case Status: Closed
Second Lieutenant Harding was murdered while in the discharge of his duties. He was answering an appeal for help at 9th and Walnut Streets.
William Courtney shot Harding in the shoulder and then in the back, killing him. A few minutes later, Officer George L. Ferguson shot and killed Courtney.
Second Lieutenant Harding had been with the agency for 11 years.