Chief of Police Paul Herman Mueller

Chief of Police Paul Herman Mueller

West Fork Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Friday, March 20, 1981

Paul Herman Mueller

Chief of Police Paul Mueller was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Highway 71.

Chief Mueller had pulled the car over as a suspected drunk driver and the occupants were two criminals who had just robbed the Pizza Hut in Fayetteville at gunpoint. One of the men had just been released from the federal penitentiary.

While approaching the vehicle, the subjects opened fire on him, striking him in the chest. Before succumbing to his wounds Chief Mueller was able to return fire and wounded one of the men. The second man fled but was shot and killed several days later in a shootout with officers.

The wounded subject was arrested and convicted of capital murder.

Chief Mueller had served with the West Fork Police Departmentfor six years.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I attended the Medal of Honor presentation for Fallen West Fork Police Chief Paul Mueller today at the University of Arkansas. It was very heart warming to see the widow of fallen Police Chief Paul Mueller receive her husbands Medal of Honor 34 + years after his death. I appreciate Captain Matt Mills & Officer Sid Ramirez with the University Police Department and the good job they did during the presentation. Thank you to all the attended and to those who were their in spirit.

Kenneth Ingalls, G#4
Greenland Police Department

September 3, 2015

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