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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I met Paul during the year that he spent with the Los Angeles Fire Department. Although we only spent a few short months together, we fought many fires together. He was an outstanding fireman and a better human being.

Dave Murray

February 2, 2022

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