Detective Corporal John Robert Christian, Jr.

Detective Corporal John Robert Christian, Jr.

Harrisburg Police Bureau, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, April 18, 1978

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John Robert Christian, Jr.

Detective Corporal John Christian was shot and killed while moonlighting as a uniformed security officer at a Beer Distributor at 8:30 pm. He was informed of a robbery in progress in the Beer Distributors grocery store area and was shot and killed as he approached the robbery suspects outside as they were leaving the store. He was taken to Harrisburg Hospital where he died of his wounds three hours later.

The suspect fled but was apprehended in another state. The suspect was found guilty of First Degree Murder and additional charges for robbery on April 19, 1979, and was sentenced to life in Prison.

Detective Corporal Christian was a U.S Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Harrisburg Police Bureau for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 11 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

off duty, robbery attempt, secondary employment

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Thank you for your service, both military as well as police, and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

April 18, 2021

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