Police Officer Paul Lawrence Verna

Police Officer Paul Lawrence Verna

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, June 2, 1983

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Paul Lawrence Verna

Police Officer Paul Verna of the Los Angeles Police Department was shot and killed after making a traffic stop of a vehicle containing two armed robbery suspects.

One of the men shot Officer Verna once, then passed the revolver to the second subject, who shot him five more times. Both men were apprehended and sentenced to death.

Officer Verna served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1968. He served 14 years in law enforcement. He is survived by his wife and two sons - both of whom went on to become LAPD police officers.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 15086
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to death

traffic stop

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Thank you for your service, military as well as police, and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement family. Rest in peace always.

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