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 had served with the Huntington Police Department for seven years and had previously served with the United States Air Force. 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

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So hard to believe Paul that it has been so long ago that you were taken from us!!!
I never had the chance to know you, but the family has spoken of you so much I feel like I did know you.
I know that you were a wonderful person and a devoted cop Paul!!!
I have wanted to be a cop my entire life, and the stories of you are so inspiring. Thank you Paul for being a Beautiful person, husband, father, cop and friend.


January 12, 2017

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