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Sheriff Walter S. Harris | Miller County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas Miller County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas


Walter S. Harris

Miller County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 28, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sheriff Walter Harris was shot and killed as he and his deputies were raiding a liquor still near Texarkana. His killer surrendered to the Little River County sheriff five days later.

On December 11th, 1931, the 19-year-old subject was convicted of Sheriff Harris' murder and sentenced to life. On April 27th, 1935, he escaped with another prisoner from Tucker Prison Farm in Jefferson County. Three weeks later he was shot and wounded in the shoulder by officers in Idabel, Oklahoma, when they attempted to rob the Idabel National Bank. He died in the McCurtain County Jail from traumatic pneumonia caused by the bullet wound three days later.

Sheriff Harris was survived by his wife and three children.

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Sheriff Harris,
On today, the 84th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Miller County.


United States Border Patrol
July 28, 2015


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