Patrolman Paul N. Luther

Patrolman Paul N. Luther

Mechanicville Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, October 30, 1976

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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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