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Sergeant Joseph Anthony Harris, Sr. | Sandoval County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico Sandoval County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico


Joseph Anthony Harris, Sr.

Sandoval County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch: Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 26 years

Badge # 208

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Joe Harris was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a burglary suspect along New Mexico 126 at approximately 6:45 am. He and another deputy were conducting a stakeout due to a rash of recent cabin burglaries in the area.

The deputies attempted to take the man into custody when they observed him breaking into a home. Sergeant Harris and the suspect were both fatally wounded in the ensuing shootout.

An investigation revealed that the killer had fled to Canada during the Vietnam War to avoid the draft. He was wanted in British Columbia, Canada, for a 1972 double murder of two campers.

Sergeant Harris had served with the Sandoval County Sheriff's Office for six years and had previously retired from the Rio Rancho Police Department after 20 years of service. He is survived by his wife and five children and is buried at Vista Verde Memorial Park in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

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As another year comes the hardest reminder that you are no longer here is when i look at my 2 boys, they will not have the honor of meeting their grandpa Harris on this earth all the while knowing that you would have been the best grandfather to them! i sometimes reflect on my childhood and can do nothing but imagine you playing with all of them, holding them and loving them just as you did with us. My saving grace is knowing that one day we will all be together again when we take our last breaths on this earth and breath our first in heaven where there is no pain, suffering or separation! I love you Dad and miss you every day!

David Harris
January 14, 2017


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