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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This was such a shock to me when it happened. PJ and I went to school together when I lived in Country Club Estates so many years ago. He was a great friend and I’ve missed him since this tragic incident.

J.T. Hodges
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Marion County, WV

December 14, 2020

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