Deputy Sheriff Brian Bruce Harris

Deputy Sheriff Brian Bruce Harris

Kane County Sheriff's Office, Utah

End of Watch Thursday, August 26, 2010

Brian Bruce Harris

Deputy Brian Harris was shot and killed while tracking a burglary suspect in the desert near Fredonia, Arizona.

Deputy Harris had begun a foot pursuit of the man in Kane County, but the man fled across the border into Arizona. As Deputy Harris and another officer tracked the man's movements, he was fatally struck by rifle fire. The man had setup an ambush under a tree and fired the fatal shot from 40 to 150 feet away.

A large manhunt was initiated in which the suspect exchanged gunfire with other officers multiple times. The suspect, who was familiar with the desert area, was believed to have stored supplies in various locations. The suspect was arrested four days later after attempting to break into a home to steal supplies. The homeowner called 911 and responding officers took the suspect into custody without incident.

On September 22, 2012, the suspect pleaded guilty to murder, burglary, theft, and aggravated assault. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison with the eligibility of parole after 25 years.

Deputy Harris was a Gulf War veteran of the U.S. Army and had served with the Kane County Sheriff's Office for 19 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arizona
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Hello - I wanted to let you know that I cycled 52 miles in the Heroes Ride in Conroe, Texas in memory and honor of your husband and father. During the ride I wore a blue bracelet bearing his name and EOW. This was the first time I participated in this kind of bike ride. It was very humbling to say the least. I hope that time has blessed you with healing and replaced the pain with only wonderful memories. All of our police officers and military are true heroes to stand in to protect our safety and our freedom. God bless you.

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