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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As we get older, we have more time to reflect back on our life, good times and bad times.
You are not forgotten, I always remember you when I think about the good times I had with
you and other classmates as we trained to become Police graduates of the WPD Fall Class of 1979.
You were a smart and courageous officer who enjoyed serving and protecting our community.
You are one of my Heroes and are truly missed. Rest in peace my Brother.

Jesse L. Hill Jr., Retired Officer
Wichita Police Department
Wichita, Kansas

November 26, 2018

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