Police Officer Johnny Orville Harris

Police Officer Johnny Orville Harris

Muskegon Heights Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, June 25, 1975

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Johnny Orville Harris

Police Officer Johnny Harris was shot and fatally wounded and his partner was critically wounded while responding to a man with gun call at a local residence.

A third officer shot and wounded the suspect. Officer Harris died at a local hospital the following day. Officer Harris' partner, the department's first female officer, recovered from her wounds.

The suspect, an ex-convict, was convicted of murder. He died in prison on September 15th, 1976.

The shooting occurred on Officer Harris' 25th birthday.

Officer Harris had served with the Muskegon Heights Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 17

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, June 24, 1975
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Died in prison

weapons violation

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It's going on 46 years, since that heartfelt incident happened. It not a day that goes by that I am not aware of that life changing incident. Yes!! it still hurts and I find myself going by the park, named in Johnny's Honor or passing by the County's HR building and thinking about my partner. You are never far from my Heart and Mind!!

Irene Johnson Green
Partner For Life

April 7, 2021

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