Police Officer Johnny Orville Harris

Police Officer Johnny Orville Harris

Muskegon Heights Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, June 25, 1975

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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Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest

It's been well over 40 years since Orlando introduced us. I remain saddened with your loss from this life.

Over my 39 years "on the job" I was to lose even other fellows in our service. Fellows who with you I'm sure maintained a watch over for all of us who remained in this life, while on the job.


S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

February 26, 2016

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