Police Officer Paul Garofalo

Police Officer Paul Garofalo

Wichita Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Saturday, November 8, 1980

Paul Garofalo

Officer Paul Garofalo was shot and killed when he stopped to question two women in the street. As he did so a man emerged and fired a shotgun through the driver's window, killing Officer Garofalo.

The 30-year-old suspect was tried three times and each time was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. On December 26, 1999, he died in prison of liver cancer.

Officer Garofalo was a U.S. Army veteran.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Died in prison

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Paul was a true gentleman officer who I was proud to call friend. He was so in love with his wife and family. He was proud of them and spoke of them often. I saw Paul the week before he was murdered. We were both working a game at the stadium at WSU. I attended his funeral, which was one of the hardest things I have ever done

WSU Police Officer Rebecca Reeves Harris
WSU Police Department

January 13, 2018

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