Officer James D. Harris

Officer James D. Harris

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, July 13, 1982

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James D. Harris

Officer James Harris was shot and killed when he stopped a vehicle after receiving complaints from a citizen that the vehicle had tried to run him down. Officer Harris ordered the two men to place their hands on the hood of the car. One of the men gave the other man a 9 mm handgun and the man then opened fired on Officer Harris, striking him three times. The suspect then shot and killed a bystander as both men fled the scene.

The other suspect was shot and killed a short time later after seriously wounding another officer. The shooter was arrested and convicted of capital murder. The conviction was overturned and he was released but died in an automobile accident shortly after returning to Mexico.

Officer Harris had served with the Houston Police Department for five years and had previously served as a security policeman for the United States Air Force for four years.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Deceased

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Thought of often, missed always!
The memory of you lives on through your family and friends!
Your legacy continues to thrive uncle Jim! Until we meet again.

Todd “James” Ruetsch

May 26, 2019

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