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Officer James D. Harris | Houston Police Department, Texas Houston Police Department, Texas


James D. Harris

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 13, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Deceased

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Officer James Harris was shot and killed when he stopped a vehicle after receiving complaints from a citizen that the vehicle had tried to run him down. Officer Harris ordered the two men to place their hands on the hood of the car. One of the men gave the other man a 9 mm handgun and the man then opened fired on Officer Harris, striking him three times. The suspect then shot and killed a bystander as both men fled the scene.

The other suspect was shot and killed a short time later after seriously wounding another officer. The shooter was arrested and convicted of capital murder. The conviction was overturned and he was released but died in an automobile accident shortly after returning to Mexico.

Officer Harris had served with the Houston Police Department for five years and had previously served as a security policeman for the United States Air Force for four years.

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Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo
July 16, 2017


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