Patrol Officer Walter B. Harris

Patrol Officer Walter B. Harris

Princeton Borough Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Saturday, February 2, 1946

Add to My Heroes

Walter B. Harris

Patrol Officer Walter Harris was shot and killed while responding to the sounds of gunfire at a social club near his home on John Street.

Upon arriving at the location he was shot and killed. Three subjects were arrested and charged in connection with his murder. Two, ages 19 and 20, were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 to 30 years. One was paroled in 1952. The other was paroled in 1957. In 1968 he shot and killed a man in New York City. He was arrested after a shoot-out with two New York Transit police officers. He was convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to prison, and released in 1981.

Officer Harris had served with the Princeton Borough Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Luger
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years

Most Recent Reflection

View all 11 Reflections

Thinking of my classmate, Florence Harris, who had the sadness of growing up without her father. His loss must stay with her every day.

Leila Bates (Married name Bisharat)
Classmate of his daughter Florence Harris Broadway

May 29, 2021

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.