Correctional Officer James Walter Harbin II

Correctional Officer James Walter Harbin II
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
End of Watch: Sunday, March 18, 1979

Biographical Information:
Age: 22
Tour of Duty: 1 month, 1 week
Badge Number: Unknown


Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Sunday, March 18, 1979
Weapon Used: Gun, unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended



Correctional Officer Harbin was shot and killed while on his way to work when he interrupted a robbery at a local convenience store. As he entered the store the clerk tried to warn him that a robbery was in progress. When the suspect saw Officer Harbin in uniform he opened fire, thinking Officer Harbin was a police officer. The suspect was apprehended after holding officers at bay for several hours.

Officer Harbin had been with the agency for only six weeks and was survived by his parents.