Police Officer Paul Garofalo

Police Officer Paul Garofalo

Wichita Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Saturday, November 8, 1980

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Paul Garofalo

Police Officer Paul Garofalo was shot and killed when he stopped to question two women in the street. As he did so a man emerged and fired a shotgun through the driver's window of the patrol car, killing Officer Garofalo.

The 30-year-old suspect was tried three times and each time was convicted of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life. On December 26th, 1999, he died in prison of liver cancer.

Officer Garofalo was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Wichita Police Department for 17 months. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year, 5 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Died in prison


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This one haunted me as kid. WPD used to come to our school and we admired them. It scared me that some subhuman would come to their patrol car and murder one of them in such a cowardly and senseless manner. I never personally met him, but I still remember the day I woke up for school and heard about Officer Garofalo’s murder. Hate to say it, but I’m glad that his killer burns in Hell.

L. Jones
Former Wichita resident

September 2, 2022

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