Canal Fulton police officer, who was shot in the line of duty, fights to keep gunman behind bars

Posted at 5:33 PM, Jan 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-22 08:37:40-05

Despite being shot and nearly killed in the line of duty more than 20 years ago, Canal Fulton officer Ed Harbaugh went back to work after numerous surgeries.

He was shot while attempting to make an arrest of a suspect believed to have been cashing bad checks at a  local Kmart. 

While Harbaugh is still on the job today, Christopher Monihan, the man who shot him, is trying to get out of prison early.

Monihan has a parole hearing in February were he will ask for parole after serving 23 years of his 15 to 50 year sentence in Madison Correctional Institution. Monihan was convicted of aggravated robbery and felonious assault charges in July 1995. 

Harbaugh's bullet proof vest saved his life, but a bullet was lodged near his lung and his arm was shattered during the shooting.

Now, Harbaugh's wife Jennifer, has started a letter writing campaign to keep Monihan locked up.

She'll share those letters with the Ohio Parole Board in Columbus before Monihan's parole hearing next month.

During a ride along Sunday in his patrol car, officer Harbaugh said Monihan needs to stay behind bars for life. “I think it’s just a message to any other person who thinks they want to attack a police officer."