Patrolman Harold L. Edgington

Patrolman Harold L. Edgington

Los Angeles County Harbor Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, September 30, 1979

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Harold L. Edgington

Patrolman Harold Edgington was stabbed to death by a deranged man while issuing a parking citation near the intersection of Panay Way and Via Marina.

Although mortally wounded by the stab wound, Patrolman Edgington was able to shoot the subject in the hip as the man fled.

A bystander who witnessed the incident used Patrolman Edgington's motorcycle radio to call for assistance. Responding officers shot and killed the man as he advanced on them with the knife used to kill Patrolman Edgington.


  • Age 55
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I was a student worker for the Harbor Department when out of nowhere I heard shots fired I believe on Tahiti Way. A gunman holding either an AR-15 or an AK-47 walked approximately 25 yards in front of me with his back towards me and started to just spray the adjacent apartment building with bullets indiscriminately. I shouted out on my County Truck radio that shots were being fired at my location. We were on the same frequency with the Harbor Patrol. Within minutes the gunman, who was known by the Sheriffs, ran into his apartment and reloaded came out and started a mini war. Harbor Patrol, (they were not Sheriffs at that time), Sheriffs, Highway Patrol and LAPD were on scene within minutes and all engaged in a gun battle that miraculously ended with no injuries and the suspect in custody. Hearing the soft sounds of bullets passing by my head is something I wish on no-one. Officer Harold Edgington and I shook our heads in disbelieve when we both stood next to the patrol car the suspect was being held in. That suspect became Officer Edgingtons assailant a few years later. The shock and disbelieve upon reading about his death by the same person years later has always had an obvious impact. I was honored years later to be a trusted victims advocate for the Manhattan Beach Police Department for 13 years during the 90's. His son Gary also served as an Police Officer for MBPD and was in the Sheriffs academy when his dad died. I don't know Gary because he left before I signed on but his courage to continue in law enforcement was always admired. I wish him and the extended family the best on this anniversary as they should know (which I am sure if is of no surprise) Harold was good man with a great soul.

Stewart Fournier
County of Los Angeles Harbor Department

September 30, 2018

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