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, it has been 65 years since you were taken from us. Northern New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military and 10 years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

May 14, 2024

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