Bio & Incident Details
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Incident Date: 1/10/1984
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Executed in 2000
Deputy Harry Dalton died of injuries he received when he was shot at the Orange County Courthouse on January 10, 1984.
A suspect had gone to the courthouse with the intention of shooting a police officer who had given him a traffic ticket.
The suspect entered a courtroom and exchanged gunfire with Deputy Harry Dalton, mortally wounding him. He then shot and killed Deputy Arnold Wilkerson in the courtroom and shot at the judge, but missed.
After exiting the courtroom he exchanged shots with another deputy in hallway. Corrections Officer Mark Parker, who was unarmed, was caught in the crossfire while attempting to shield citizens in the hallway. He was left paralyzed from the chest down and required round-the-clock care for the remainder of his life, until succumbing to his wounds on March 19, 2009.
The suspect was convicted of murder and executed in June of 2000. Officer Parker attended the execution.
Deputy Dalton is survived by his wife, three sons, and three daughters.