Detention Officer Casey Ryan Harmon

Detention Officer Casey Ryan Harmon

Lee County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Monday, March 2, 1998

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Casey Ryan Harmon

Deputy Jailer Casey Ryan Harmon was shot and killed by a 16-year-old detainee, at the Lee County Juvenile Detention Center, who was about to be released to his stepfather for a shoplifting charge.

The suspect was between two locked doors when Deputy Harmon opened one of the doors in anticipation of the stepfather's arrival. After he turned his back, the suspect shot him in the back of the head once with a small handgun he had managed to conceal in his shoe. The suspect then took Deputy Harmon's keys and released another juvenile prisoner and took Deputy Harmon's weapon, which was kept in a lock box while he was on duty.The two suspects then left the facility and called another juvenile to come pick them up.They were later stopped in a nearby county and taken into custody.

Deputy Harmon had been employed with the department for 3 months, and had been with a neighboring agency as a part time patrol deputy for one year. He is survived by his wife, parents, and two brothers.


  • Age 20
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life + 75 years

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Rest in peace brother Casey. We honor you on this remembrance of your final end of watch 18 year ago today. Having worked over 20 years inside the Constantine Wire myself I realize the amount of courage and dedication to duty it takes to walk through that entrance grill each day. Due to this determination and dedication to duty you paid the ultimate price for the rest of us to be able to sleep comfortable knowing that dedicated people like you were willing to place their lives in harms way guarding those people who if not detained would otherwise bring harm to us all. Thank you my friend and may your Heavenly rewards be great.

Rodney Branch, S.O.S. Retired
Federal Bureau of Prisons, Talladega, AL

March 2, 2016

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