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Lieutenant Charles A. Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Lieutenant

Charles A. "Bo" Harrison

Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, June 1, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: 31 years

Badge # 0037

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/1/2003

Weapon: Rifle

Suspect: Sentenced to life in prison

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Lieutenant Charles (Bo) Harrison was shot and killed while on surveillance near a nightclub on U.S. Route 301 in Lacoochee at approximately 0200 hours.

Several deputies who were across the street heard a gunshot and went to investigate. They located Lieutenant Harrison in his patrol car suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. He was transported to Dade City Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Lieutenant Harrison had been shot with a high-powered rifle by a sniper who was in the nearby woods. The shot went through the trunk of the car and struck him in the back.

A 19-year-old suspect turned himself in two days later and was charged in connection with Lieutenant Harrison's murder. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison with no parole.

Lieutenant Harrison was a Vietnam War veteran. He had been with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office for 31 years, and his retirement date was only 15 days away. He is survived by his son and two daughters.

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Bo,
As a tribute to you, I will share this moment with everyone: I was 9 months on the job as a Patrol Deputy. I had just worked 14 hours in a row, and I was still filling out supporting documents in the read-off room. Tired and irritable, I was not in the best of spirits. You passed by me and said, "You're doing good work." I appreciated the compliment, but I still had another hour of paperwork to do. You sensed that. 5 minutes later, I could hear your infectious laugh from your office, all the way down the hallway. I then heard Hal Copper say, "Bo, I'm serious! That's what it means!" Now the two of you were laughing. You then yelled from your office, "Bob come down hear and help me with something." When I arrived you said, "Take a seat. Hal and I are in disagreement about something, and maybe you can clear it up. I think he is full of it!." Hal then asked me to explain what a "_______ _______" was (I can't put that term on this website). I was hesitant at first, but you encouraged me to explain. When I gave my understanding of the term, the laughter began. We laughed for 20 minutes. I left your office energized, and finished my paperwork. On the ride home I realized you had called me into your discussion with Hal on purpose. You saw how exhausted and down I was, and you made it fun for me to be there. That's the kind of leader you were.

Thanks for your leadership and fond memories.

Detective R. Grady
Pasco Sheriff's Office
March 13, 2014

 

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