Postal Inspector Ernest M. Harkins

Postal Inspector Ernest M. Harkins

United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, January 12, 1949

Ernest M. Harkins

Inspector Harkins was shot and killed in the Main Post office in the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was checking his post office box when a man walked up next to him and shot him in the back of the head. The suspect was upset at Inspector Harkins over the loss of two $20 money orders. After murdering Inspector Harkins the man stayed at the scene and turned himself in. He plead guilty to murder on a government reservation and was sentenced to life in prison. He died in prison on July 31, 1971, at the age of 96.

Inspector Harkins was survived by his wife and two daughters.

Bio

  • Age 51
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life imprisonment

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