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

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 later that night. Officer Harris' partner, the first Muskegon County woman officer, recovered from her wounds.

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

Officer Harris had served with the Muskegon Heights Police Department for 2 years, and is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Died in prison

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Please know that your memory, service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 25, 2020

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