Sergeant Thomas Clyde Harrison, Jr.

Sergeant Thomas Clyde Harrison, Jr.

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, January 15, 1993

Thomas Clyde Harrison, Jr.

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.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 641

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 2009

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Still here, 25 years later. Still remember the dreams, still remember the goals, still remember you. Love you, brother.

Richard Walker, deputy
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office

January 15, 2018

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