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 10:30 pm. He was informed of a robbery in progress and when he attempted to make an arrest he was shot and killed.

The suspect fled but was apprehended in another state.

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 Apprehended

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I remember this day. I was notified by the base chaplain and by my sister that my Cousin had been killed. I was in the military because of Johnnie, he was a hero and always will be. God rest your soul.

William R Keefer (Cousin Bobby)


November 21, 2018

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