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

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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 was a classmate of Jim's, sat behind him in 9th grade Algebra. He was a terrific guy even then, I was very shy, he was my secret crush! My Dad was Air Force, we spent the next 2 years in Tehran, Iran. Years later Jim & I ran into each other, he was starting as a Correctional Officer, we arranged a date for next Saturday. Monday morning I found out that Jim had been killed on his way to work. I will always miss him & the date I never got. It's enough to know that he just looked at me, and asked me out, especially a good guy like him! ❤

Nita Pettingill Line

March 19, 2022

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