Officer Harry H. Aurandt

Officer Harry H. Aurandt

Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Tuesday, December 20, 1921

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Harry H. Aurandt

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.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, December 18, 1921
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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Dear Mr. Harvey,

You may have passed from this physical world, but you've not passed from the hearts of millions who listened daily to your words of encouragement.

As retired California law enforcement officers, we saw a lot in our careers and are seeing a LOT on TV right now. Although your radio essay, "The Policeman," is 50-years old, it still rings true and is especially poignant. And, it will always remain so.

We'll always remember "...and now, the rest of the story." Thank you for your 56-years of talking to America..

Anne B. and Ray B.
San Bernardino County and Oakland PD

June 16, 2020

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