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Officer Harry H. Aurandt | Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma


Harry H. Aurandt

Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 20, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/18/1921

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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Officer Harry Aurandt died of wounds he sustained when he was shot while off duty as he was taking police action.

Officer Aurandt and a detective were rabbit hunting in a rural area of Tulsa on Federal Road. At about 9:00 pm the officers had returned to their car when they were approached by three armed men who exited a Buick touring car with the intent of robbing them. The detective attempted to fire his shotgun at them but it misfired. The three men started shooting at he officers while they were sitting in their car. Officer Aurandt, despite serious wounds in one lung, leg, and liver, drove one mile to a farmhouse where he collapsed.

Officer Aurandt died from his wounds two days later. The detective was paralyzed for life from leg wounds just above the knees.

The three suspects were later apprehended. Two were convicted of murder and sentenced to life. One escaped from the Oklahoma Penitentiary in 1923. On May 17, 1931, he was captured in Los Angeles, California, following a spectacular gun battle with Los Angeles police officers.

Officer Aurandt was survived by his wife, daughter and two-year-old son. His son, Paul Harvey Aurandt , later known as just Paul Harvey became a famous commentator, author, and columnist. Officer Aurandt was buried at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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It was the first day of deer season, the warm sun on the face of the
deer hunter felt good, he had been in his tree stand well before sun rise.
The Interstate was only a few hundred yards from the deer hunters tree stand. The sounds of sirens wailed across the woodland. A State Trooper pulled over a car on the interstate, as the Trooper exited his vehicle, so did the driver of the pulled over vehicle, and with a volley of shots killed the trooper.. The deer hunter, looking through the scope of his rifle, took the approiate action.
In a split second, everyones life was shattered, everyones life changed. A ten year old boy would never grow up with his father.

And for myself, neither would a three year old boy.

Now you know the rest of the story

Thank you Paul Harvey - I think of your story every hunting season,
for the past 50 years.

Trooper First Class George E, Ward III
Maryland State Police ( retired 1993 )
May 13, 2015


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