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Policeman John W. Los Angeles Police Department, California


John W. "Jack" Harris

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, February 1, 1946

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/31/1946

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 10 years

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Policeman Jack Harris succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day during a raid of an illegal gambling game at a home at 743 Castellar Street.

He was assisting the Vice Squad during the raid and was guarding the back door of the home with other officers. A subject who was providing security for the game inside the home fired several shots into the air and then one shot through the door as detectives made entry into the home. The shot he fired through the door struck Policeman Harris in the abdomen and punctured his kidney.

Policeman Harris was transported to Georgia Receiving Hospital where he passed away the following day.

The subject who shot him was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to one to 10 years in prison.

Policeman Harris was survived by his wife and son.

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Rest in Peace, Policeman Harris. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 14, 2012


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