Police Officer Paul J. Harmon

Police Officer Paul J. Harmon

Huntington Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, December 14, 1981

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Paul J. Harmon

Police Officer Paul Harmon was shot and killed while investigating a break-in at approximately 1:45 am.

The two suspects were escapees who were burglarizing the service station. The suspects attacked him and struck him in the head. They then obtained control of his service weapon and shot him several times.

Both suspects were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life. One died in prison in 2000.

Officer Harmon was a United States Air Force veteran and had served with the Huntington Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 157
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Both sentenced to life

robbery in progress

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I was watching the news this morning and saw the candle light vigil held in memory of our fallen officers and thought of you Paul. I remembered spending time with you when you came down to visit us here in Monroe County shortly before you were taken from us. We drove around, talked and laughed as young men do. It's hard to believe that it was so long ago and the last I saw you. RIP Paul J Harmon our family remains so proud of you.

Donald Kountz
First Cousin

May 14, 2024

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