Patrolman Paul Lewis Major

Patrolman Paul Lewis Major

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, January 20, 1965

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Paul Lewis Major

Patrolman Paul Major was shot and killed during a foot pursuit. He and his partner had stopped a car which turned out to be stolen. Several of the occupants of the vehicle fled on foot and Patrolman Major chased one of them. As he entered an alley on South Broadway he was shot in the chest and head.

The suspect, 32, was apprehended and sentenced to life. He was paroled in 1983 but sent back to prison the same year for violating his parole. He was paroled again in 1986 and returned to prison in 1987 for violating his parole again. He was to be eligible for parole a third time in November 1987.

Patrolman Major was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 50-51

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Major was honored this week (Police Week, May 2021) during a wreath ceremony by The Denver Police Dept. His sacrifice and his service to the City of Denver is still remembered and honored fifty-six years later. Denver Police Chaplain, Stephen Redden, recently reminded us that Major's sacrifice, and of many others, serves to encourage us that our work matters, is honorable, righteous and important. Let us all take that to heart and be mindful while we remember Paul Lewis Major.

Sergeant Aaron Kafer

May 20, 2021

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