P-O- Lawrence Hartnett #3044

P.O. Lawrence C. Hartnett #3044

Name: Hartnett, Lawrence C.
Star: 3044
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Maxwell Street Station
End of Watch: 27-Oct-1923
Incident Details: Detective Sergeant Lawrence Harnett, 28, was assigned to the Maxwell Street Station.

On October 27, 1923, Detective Sergeant Harnett, Sergeant Stephen Barry, and another officer conducted a raid on a grocery store owned by the Montana family, suspected of being a moonshine pant.  When the officers attempted to enter the location on the 900 West block of Polk Street, chaos erupted and gunfire erupted.  It was alleged that Joseph Montana Jr., had opened fire on the police.  Detective Sergeant Harnett was fatally wounded and Sergeant Barry suffered minor injuries.

Joseph Montana Jr., 17, (the shooter) was charged with murder. Joseph Sr., Madeline, John Jr., 13, John Sr., 65, and Rosina were charged with assault with the intent to kill.  In April, 1924, the entire Montana family was acquitted of all charges.

Officer Harnett was survived by his wife, Alice, and daughters, Lorraine and Catherine Ann.