Lieutenant Charles A. "Bo" Harrison

Lieutenant Charles A. "Bo" Harrison

Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, June 1, 2003

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Charles A. "Bo" Harrison

Lieutenant Bo Harrison was shot and killed while he sat in his patrol car observing activity at nightclub U.S. Route 301 in Lacoochee at approximately 2:00 am.

Several deputies who were across the street heard a gunshot and went to investigate. They located Lieutenant Harrison in his patrol car in the parking lot of a market across the street from the nightclub suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. He was transported to Dade City Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Lieutenant Harrison had been shot with a high-powered rifle by a sniper who was in the nearby woods. The shot went through the trunk of the car and struck him in the back.

A 19-year-old suspect turned himself in two days later and was charged in connection with Lieutenant Harrison's murder. He admitted to shooting at the patrol in retaliation for a previous incident in which his friend died in a crash while fleeing from police officers. The man was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison with no parole.

Lieutenant Harrison was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He had served with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office for 31 years, and his retirement date was only 15 days away. He is survived by his son and two daughters.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 31 years
  • Badge 0037
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

ambush, sniper, surveillance

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LT Bo Harrison,
When I started in patrol at 19 years old, you were my first lieutenant. For so many reasons, I respected you from the moment I met you. In one incident, I was pursuing a truck that decided to make a poor decision and flipped his truck. While another deputy and removed him from the chaos, I remember hearing your calm voice say, "Lima 2, 10-97."

Years later when a fellow narcotics detective was shot at Dixie and Center, you came in on your day off. I was no longer at the scene when you reached out to the community and had the young shooter turn himself in.

I spent last Christmas Eve in the parking lot of the police hall of Fame honoring you sacrifice. Although I moved on from the PCSO, you are still with me to this day brother

Brian Hinkle
Pasco County Sheriff's Office

January 19, 2022

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