Patrolman Paul N. Luther

Patrolman Paul N. Luther

Mechanicville Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, October 30, 1976

Paul N. Luther

Patrolman Paul Luther was shot and killed while on patrol near a restaurant. A sniper opened fire on the establishment, fatally wounding Patrolman Luther, who had given him a speeding ticket two hours earlier. He also killed a civilian and wounded 11 other people. During the siege, he fired over 300 rounds and only quit after a fire started in his apartment.

He pleaded guilty in June 1977 to two counts of second-degree murder and 11 other charges and was sentenced to serve a sentence of 25 years to life. The killer was denied parole for a sixth time in June, 2013. His next parole hearing is in June, 2017.

Patrolman Luther was also the president of the local fire company. He was survived by his parents.

Bio

  • Age 21
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge 119

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years to life

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Happy Birthday Paul, the City of Mechanicville residents honor you on your birthday and remember the sacrifice you made for all of us. You will never be forgotten sir.

Resident of Mechanicville

September 27, 2018

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