Detective Charles Edward Harris

Detective Charles Edward Harris

Southern Pines Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, April 4, 1991

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 was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life plus 60 years in prison. He was denied parole in 2013 and again in 2014.

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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Ed and I were in trial of another drug dealer on the day he was killed. I learned about his murder when I came to work the next morning. Ed was a good officer, I miss his dedication and his friendship. I will continue to tell your story as long as the Lord lets me Ed. RIP my friend.

Michael Parker
Retired Prosecutor

May 14, 2018

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