Patrolman Paul Joseph Durkin

Patrolman Paul Joseph Durkin

Youngstown Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, September 22, 1987

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Paul Joseph Durkin

Patrolman Paul Durkin was shot and killed after stopping a man on suspicion of petty theft in the 2300 block of Goleta Avenue.

He interrupted a subject stealing items from a van parked on the roadway. Before he had an opportunity to exit his vehicle the man shot him through the window of his patrol car with a .22 caliber handgun. The subject was apprehended later the same day.

The man was convicted of Patrolman Durkin's murder and sentenced to 15 years to life. He was denied parole three times and will be eligible again in 2027.

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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God Bless the survivors of Officer Durkin. May Justice be served and eligibility for a June 2019 parole be denied. Son of slain BPD Officer John Gallagher EOW 1962

Survivor John Gallagher
Merchant Marine

May 28, 2019

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