Police Officer Paul Michael Carlisle

Police Officer Paul Michael Carlisle

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Add to My Heroes

Paul Michael Carlisle

Police Officer Paul Carlisle succumbed to complications of gunshot wounds sustained on November 23rd, 1976.

He had conducted a traffic stop of a stolen vehicle at the intersection of 16th Street and Broadway. As Officer Carlisle ordered the man from the car the subject drew a small handgun from his waistband and opened fire, striking him. One of the rounds struck Officer Carlisle's spinal cord, paralyzing him from the chest down.

Officer Carlisle remained bedridden and under constant care until his death on December 1st, 2015.

Officer Carlisle was a U.S Army veteran and had served with the Oakland Police Department for 2-1/2 years at the time of the shooting. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 70
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 23, 1976
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

traffic stop, warrant

Most Recent Reflection

View all 9 Reflections

I was working nearby that night and responded within seconds to assist Paul (who I helped recruit to the OPD (CA).
Visiting him at home on the adjoining beat was always an honor. Always upbeat and surrounded by his wonderful family.

For your info Ptl. Jim Leahy Jr., (above) the susp was quickly arrested, tried and convicted. After serving his sentence he was released (before Officer Carlisle succumbed to his injuries).

Sgt. James Coleman
Oakland PD (CA)

June 20, 2019

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.