Patrolman Harry Boyd Ray

Patrolman Harry Boyd Ray

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, September 7, 1958

Harry Boyd Ray

Patrolman Harry Ray was shot and killed while making a traffic stop near Santee, South Carolina.

Unbeknownst to Patrolman Ray, the occupants had just committed an armed robbery and were fleeing the scene when they were pulled over. The suspects shot Patrolman Ray eight times, killing him.

All three suspects were apprehended. Two of them were sentenced to death and executed for the crime. The third suspect was sentenced to serve several years in prison.

Patrolman Ray was a U.S. Navy veteran and was assigned to Orangeburg County.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed

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Patrolman Ray was my 3rd cousin - we are both descendants of William Miller and Elizabeth Wilson Miller.
No one knows the dedication of our men and women who protect and serve better than their loved ones left behind after such a tragedy. I only have respect for his dedication and service and pray that his memory will be treasured by those who enjoy the benefits of his service and duty.

Rev. James Russell Miller

June 17, 2016

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