Patrolman Paul N. Luther

Patrolman Paul N. Luther

Mechanicville Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, October 30, 1976

Paul N. Luther

Patrolman Paul Luther was shot and killed while on patrol near a restaurant. A sniper opened fire on the establishment, fatally wounding Patrolman Luther, who had given him a speeding ticket two hours earlier. He also killed a civilian and wounded 11 other people. During the siege, he fired over 300 rounds and only quit after a fire started in his apartment.

He pleaded guilty in June 1977 to two counts of second-degree murder and 11 other charges and was sentenced to serve a sentence of 25 years to life. The killer was denied parole for a sixth time in June, 2013. His next parole hearing is in June, 2017.

Patrolman Luther was also the president of the local fire company. He was survived by his parents.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge 119

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years to life

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Paul I remember we were close friends in our teenage years I remember one weekend a group of us went to Greg Connors camp in lake George we were all swimming in the lake when you lost a capped tooth and by some miracle you kept diving to you found it as we went our separate ways I remember the night I received the very bad news for the shooting that took your life I still think of you always I myself became a police officer and the badge always reminded me of its meaning to protect and serve and give our lives if it meant saving others I carried a gun for forty two years and am now retired I still love and miss you brother you mad the ultimate sacrifice God bless your family and now your in a much better place with Jesus you were my inspiration everydày I put that badge on mañy of your friends followed in your foot ßtepß Mike zurlo Ralph peluso myself just to mention à few I miss you Paul with love and daily remembering officer Paul Zullo

Paul Źullo
Friend and brother offiçer retired scotia PD

March 20, 2017

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