Patrolman Harry Keith Tiffany

Patrolman Harry Keith Tiffany

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, June 6, 1981

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Harry Keith Tiffany

Patrolman Harry Tiffany and Patrolman Ronald Ebeltoft were shot and killed after responding to a dispute between two neighbors over the placement of a rose bush on Crandell Street.

During the dispute, one of the men assaulted the other. As both officers were standing outside of the suspect's home the man snuck up behind them and opened fire with a rifle, killing them both.

A SWAT sniper later shot and killed the suspect.

Patrolman Tiffany was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the San Diego Police Department for two years. He had previously served with the Port of San Diego Harbor Police. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Semi-automatic
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Nearly 20 years ago I explored the possibility of starting a post-military career as a police officer in southern California. I did some ride alongs and interviews by day and surfed the internet by night. One evening I came upon the Honor Roll website. I looked up a lot of fallen officers that night, reading their stories. For some reason, out of all of them, this fellow -- Harry K. Tiffany -- stuck out. Despite the fact that a fellow officer died right alongside him during the same incident, his story, his face, his eyes -- they seemed different. It's like it just wasn't supposed to be his time. I was around the same age he was when his life was taken away; maybe he was trying to tell me something. Maybe, in a way, I listened -- I wound up not pursuing a law enforcement career after all. I moved on to other things, got married, had kids -- but all these years later I still haven't forgotten Harry K. Tiffany's name. And I remain grateful for his service and his sacrifice.

A grateful fellow veteran

January 13, 2021

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