Detective Ben A. Harris

Detective Ben A. Harris

Port Arthur Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, August 16, 1923

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Ben A. Harris

Detective Ben Harris was shot and killed after being targeted because of his law enforcement work. He was shot several times in the chest during a drive-by shooting.

A suspect was apprehended; however, after the suspect was released on bond, the suspect and his brother were reportedly kidnapped in front of the police station.

Detective Harris had only served with the Port Arthur Police Department for a few months and previously served with the Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Rangers. He was survived by his parents, three brothers, and a sister.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

ambush, retaliation

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Det. Harris,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Port Arthur.


United States Border Patrol

August 16, 2023

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