Detective Charles Edward Harris

Detective Charles Edward Harris

Southern Pines Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, April 4, 1991

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Charles Edward Harris

Detective Charles Harris was shot and killed in his own home by several drug dealers in a case of retaliation after he arrested them.

The subjects discovered where he lived, went to his home, and shot him as he answered the door. His wife was also shot and wounded. Eight subjects were arrested in connection with his murder. The man who shot him, age 22, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life plus 60 years in prison. He was denied parole in 2013, 2014, and again in 2017. As of June 9, 2023, he was in prison.

Detective Harris was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served in law enforcement for 20 years. He had served with the Hoke County Sheriff's Office before joining the Southern Pines Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 857
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life plus 60 years


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He was my father and my hero. I only wish I had let his sacrifice mold me instead of break me. His love for his job went without bondres. Just like his love for his family and friends. It's been 31 years and that night will forever haunt my sleep, but I know one day we will get to be together again. I miss you so much big man.

Charles Anthony Harris

April 5, 2022

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