Patrolman Paul Lewis Major

Patrolman Paul Lewis Major

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, January 20, 1965

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 was apprehended and sentenced to life.

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


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I'd like to,post this, can I see the police investigation reports. I was Paul's partner the night we got in the shootout. ,I am 77 now, his reg partner was my best friend for years. Illjust say. Pete, paul did not die in a alley. We saw two,men. Burglers. Who had kicked in a clothing store I was driving. On. Broadway, we were coming back from downtown station picked up the mail for dist 3 station. A car they had was so full of stolen clothes I can't see how they would of driven it it was parked in front of the store, I got out after I had back up noticing the men coming out with arms full,of clothes. Paulgot out on right side of patrol car, we were just chatting. Before that, re him not having to pull his gun in 16 yrs of service etc. I knew him well, I was at dist 3 for two yrs. I was at the left front fenderof our unit. When the men opened fire I started return,ing fire rimmed then I looked for Paul. He was face down. And I got down beside him. I could see head as gone immed. So I kept the fire going at the men, and got to the radio for help. Save you the rest. Paul died highly honorable. Every officer like Paul major. I was so distressed for months after. Wishing it was me not him. He died on Broadway not in a dam alley. Who did that to my friend Paul, he was on Broadway the main st in denver besides Colfax. I don't know how that report. Said what it did, I actually never read it later, others wrote it I didn't ,, so I thought I'd say the truth here anyone can write me [email protected] , other officers who I knew. Fallen one was in,my academy class. His name is Paul. Also , I knew real good officer diet fallen he was a top cop , I knew wetzer the motor cop well as , I was the motorcycle trainer. For all 35 bikes from 1966 to 68. When I resigned honorable as I had a ranch. So of Littleton ,owned the dowtiw auction inc, was a staff cattle. Auctioneer at denver stock yards. Mr art Dill put me in charge of motor training. I stayed his friend till the day he died and his wife also. All they his yrs as the chief of police. Two of my riders made chief of police also. Paul major and I and a detail of cops were on Sgt. B,s. Team for two yrs running we had the top. Achievements of all details under that top Sgt. One of the best parts of my life. Except for the personal losses of all these officers. I can't hope to understand why. They never leave my mind ever. If you wish to talk you get nothing from me, but the truth. My badge is 63 43. Same class as Paul Wilson. We all joined in 63. 16 in our class. I still have a news clipping of some of us in frank goode. Judo/karate school. From the denver post. One of my class mates was a pro photographer I think he had pics of every cop on the force then I don't know where ed is now? He was dedicated. All for now this is a bit long. As Paul major died right beside me he's always been close to,my mind and my heart. Bless you Paul and your family. Forever. J d carter.

Patrolmen. J d carter badge 6343
Denver police dept 63 to 68

May 19, 2018

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