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Police Officer Johnny Orville Harris | Muskegon Heights Police Department, Michigan Muskegon Heights Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Johnny Orville Harris

Muskegon Heights Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 25, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Died in prison

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Officer Johnny Harris was shot and fatally wounded and his partner was critically wounded while responding to a man with gun call at a local residence. A third officer shot and wounded the suspect. Officer Harris died at a local hospital later that night. Officer Harris' partner, the first Muskegon County woman officer, recovered from her wounds.

The suspect, an ex-convict, was convicted of murder. He died in prison September 15, 1976.

Officer Harris had served with the Muskegon Heights Police Department for 2 years, and is survived by his wife and three children.

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Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest

It's been well over 40 years since Orlando introduced us. I remain saddened with your loss from this life.

Over my 39 years "on the job" I was to lose even other fellows in our service. Fellows who with you I'm sure maintained a watch over for all of us who remained in this life, while on the job.

#neverforgotten

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police
February 26, 2016

 

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