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Private Robert B. Harris | Alexandria Police Department, Virginia Alexandria Police Department, Virginia

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Robert B. Harris

Alexandria Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, September 11, 1948

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 2 weeks

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Charges dismissed

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Private Robert Harris was shot and killed while making a routine check near a restaurant at the intersection of North Washington Street and Montgomery Street. He had interrupted a burglar at the back door of the business when he was shot.

One year later a man in Richmond was overheard confessing to the crime. He was indicted for the officer's murder but first faced prison for a murder elsewhere. The suspect went to trial more than 20 years later, but his confession was ruled inadmissible and the charge was dismissed.

Private Harris had served with the Alexandria Police Department for only 19 days. He is survived by his wife and infant son.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 65th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
May 5, 2013

 

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