Patrolman Paul Wesley Harlan

Patrolman Paul Wesley Harlan

Joplin Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, December 6, 1979

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Paul Wesley Harlan

Patrolman Paul Harlan succumbed to injuries sustained on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, 1979, when he was involved in a crash at the intersection of Main Street and Murphy Boulevard during a high-speed pursuit.

He was pursuing a juvenile who had been involved in an earlier hit-and-run crash when both vehicles went out of control and struck a brick wall. The juvenile fled the scene on foot but was arrested in Texas on November 29th, 1979, and extradited to Missouri.

Patrolman Harlan was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on December 6th, 1979.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Thursday, November 22, 1979

juvenile offender, vehicle pursuit

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