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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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Yesterday my son asked me; Mom, who is that police officer in the 8x10 photograph in your display case?” He is 15 years old now, I couldn’t believe we had not told him about you before. He has seen your picture in that case every day for 10 years, how did he not know? I have kept most of my LEO stories private, away from my kids growing up, in order to protect them or maybe just myself. I think they shy away from asking me questions, knowing I don‘t usually talk about those things, so they turn to Eddie instead. He has a lot more cop stories then I do and usually gets them to laugh by the end. But yesterday, I told your story, with tears in my eyes. How I met you when I was in Pasco High School, how eventually you would become my Lieutenant, your good heart, your love for God, your family and this community, your laugh and then about those sad events on June 1, 2003. I showed him newspaper articles I had cut out and told him about the events that occurred leading up to your shooting. I told him what your patrol car looked like sitting there empty, with bullet holes in the trunk, in the early morning hours on that June 1st day. I spoke of the heartache each person you touched felt from your loss and how it wasn’t just those in the law enforcement community that mourned you, but those in the same community that relations were stressed just a few weeks prior. I told him about the extensive search that had been conducted, the command post set up and about how the suspect later turned himself in and his words; “I didn’t mean to kill Mr. Bobo.” Finally, I told him about your funeral, and those bone chilling words when dispatch called out your last 10-7.
As a LEO you have moments that mark you, that you remember forever, every detail, like you can just hit rewind and replay. Most of those memories are not good ones, so we keep them hidden away, but they are still there buried deep. I am sorry it took me so long to tell your story it to my son, maybe it will help me open up and tell him other stories. I wanted to let you know that you are not forgotten and your memory, your story will be told.

Retired Deputy Erica Hernandez Morera (Fernandez)
Pasco County Sheriff’s Office

Ret. Dep. Erica Morera (Fernandez)
Pasco County Sheriff’s Office
August 7, 2014

 

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