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


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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There are so many memories of Lt Bo Harrison that I have. From being a dispatcher for the SO to being a widowed Mom with 2 young children in tow and his encouraging words of "stay strong and remember if you need help just ask I'll do what I can." I remember 2 college students complaining about 1 week after his funeral that the procession took 2 hours just to move 3 miles (and it did) and how that procession interfered with his love life. Being a former dispatcher, a former police officer, but most of all a civilian who knew Bo Harrison as a kind, gentle soul who would help in any situation, who was loved by almost anyone who met him I chewed those kids out quietly and straight to point. I in formed them that it had been estimated that about half the county turned out, that former fellow employees (deputies and dispatchers) came home for the funeral. I also told them that they'll be lucky if they ever receive the same respect and love that this man has over the years. I also remember the first time I met Lt Harrison and that was in 1979 at the jail in Dade City where he was a correction officer at the time. He made an impression then, and will always be remembered with love and admiration.

Mary Triplett
ex-dispatcher for Pasco County SO
November 29, 2014


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