Correctional Officer James Walter Harbin, II

Correctional Officer James Walter Harbin, II

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Sunday, March 18, 1979

James Walter Harbin, II

Correctional Officer Harbin was shot and killed while on his way to work when he interrupted a robbery at a local convenience store. As he entered the store the clerk tried to warn him that a robbery was in progress. When the suspect saw Officer Harbin in uniform he opened fire, thinking Officer Harbin was a police officer. The suspect was apprehended after holding officers at bay for several hours.

Officer Harbin previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps and had been with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for only six weeks. He was survived by his parents.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 month, 2 weeks
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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I just discovered (3/2016) that my best friend in the MC was shot and killed. Jim and I were stationed at El Toro together and I have sooooo many fond memories of our time together. We always raced around in his Trans Am. To the family, I am very sorry for the loss as Jim was a great guy.

Steve Miriani
California Highway Patrol

March 12, 2016

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