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Patrolman James E. Harper, Jr. | Memphis Police Department, Tennessee Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman

James E. Harper, Jr.

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 12, 1964

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Harper was killed when his patrol car was stuck by a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver. Patrolman Harper and his partner observed a speeding car and were attempting to stop it when a the suspects vehicle turned in front of their patrol car. Patrolman Harper was removed to the hospital where he died several hours later. The vehicle that the officers were chasing was being driven by a man rushing his pregnant wife to the hospital because she had gone into labor. He was not charged.

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Just thinking of you today, Jimmy. I am writing this with tears in my eyes & just thinking that if I could swap places with you, I would gladly do so. I miss you to this day, as well as Ronnie, but neither of you will will ever be out of my memory.

Inspector Gerald Bursi
Memphis, TN P.D
June 4, 2015

 

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