Chief of Police Pierre A. "Pete" Harnois

Chief of Police Pierre A. "Pete" Harnois

Westbrook Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Thursday, May 14, 1959

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Pierre A. "Pete" Harnois

Chief Pierre Harnois was shot and killed during a gun battle which lasted five hours after responding to the scene of a man distraught over his finances. The suspect also killed his wife and seriously wounded two Maine State Police troopers before killing himself.

Chief Harnois was a United States Army veteran of WWII. He had served with the Westbrook Police Department for 8 years and had previously served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 2 years.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Chief Harnois,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

May 14, 2019

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