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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Thank you for your sacrifice, your bravery, and the example you set for us all.
You continued with your mission of safeguarding the life and property of all citizens.
The peace and security that you have brought into our lives can't be measured.
You will forever be remembered of as one who always thought of others first.
A friend and really a big brother to me for years.
Isaiah 6:8

Mike and Ruthy Perez

December 22, 2020

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