Patrolman Paul Joseph Durkin

Patrolman Paul Joseph Durkin

Youngstown Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, September 22, 1987

Paul Joseph Durkin

Patrolman Durkin was shot and killed after stopping a man on suspicion of petty theft. Before he had an opportunity to exit his vehicle the suspect shot and killed him. The suspect was apprehended later the same day.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Durkin's murder and sentenced to 15 years to life. He was denied parole in 2000 and again in 2009. He will be eligible for parole again in 2019.

Patrolman Durkin was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 years to life

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Paul Joseph Durkin of the Youngstown Police Department, Ohio and the additional 82 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

September 24, 2018

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