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Sergeant Thomas Clyde Harrison, Jr. | Orangeburg Department of Public Safety, South Carolina Orangeburg Department of Public Safety, South Carolina

Sergeant

Thomas Clyde Harrison, Jr.

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety, South Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, January 15, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 641

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: Executed in 2009

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Sergeant Thomas Harrison was shot and killed in a local mall while attempting to question three subjects who had passed forged checks.

Unbeknownst to Sergeant Harrison, the suspects had kidnapped a businessman two days earlier and dumped his body in Orangeburg County. As Sergeant Harrison asked one of the subjects questions about their identity, the man pulled out a handgun. As he pulled the weapon out it discharged. The round struck the floor and ricocheted into Sergeant Harrison's abdomen. The suspect then fired five more rounds at Sergeant Harrison at point blank range, killing him.

The suspect was arrested, convicted of Sergeant Harrison's murder, and sentenced to death. He was executed by lethal injection on May 7, 2009.

Sergeant Harrison had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his wife, son, and parents.

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I remember you, brother. I remember you and my sister buying an old car to restore three days before this. I remember placing your nameplate on your uniform at the funeral home. But more importantly, I remember your laugh, I remember your sayings. I remember you, brother. It's been 22 short years since I held my sister, covered in your blood, sacrificed for me, for others, for society. We don't forget. Not now, or ever. I write now, 22 years later. But I haven't forgotten. None of us have. All of the coffee buddies, we remember. The grass you wanted, it's there. "Golf course." We remember. We remember the dreams, the goals, the life that was you. We are reminded today of the positive you gave to each of us.

Richard Walker
brother-in-law
January 15, 2015

 

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