Police Officer Jimmy O. Harris

Police Officer Jimmy O. Harris

Augusta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, January 18, 1970

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Jimmy O. Harris

Officer Jimmy Harris was shot and killed after responding to a report of a domestic dispute in which a mentally ill boy was shooting a shotgun at his family. As Officer Harris attempted to talk the boy into putting down the weapon the boy shot him in the chest, fatally wounding him. A neighbor was able to drag Officer Harris into a nearby apartment and called for assistance. Two other responding officers were shot and wounded.

On March 10, 1970, the boy, 16, was convicted of murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and sentenced to life plus 20 years.

Officer Harris had served with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 88

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Harris,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Augusta. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 18, 2020

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