Patrolman Robert Harris

Patrolman Robert Harris

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, December 20, 1967

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Robert Harris

Patrolman Robert Harris was shot and killed when he and another officer attempted to stop a fight in a restaurant at 2405 Second Avenue.

An employee of the restaurant called the manager and told him of the fight. When the manager entered, he opened fire with a handgun, killing Patrolman Harris and wounding the other officer.

A grand jury declined to indict the manager on homicide. He was found guilty of illegal possession of a weapon and released on parole.

Patrolman Harris was assigned to the Wagner Housing Project in East Harlem.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Released on parole


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