Officer Thomas Lee Harris

Officer Thomas Lee Harris

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, July 20, 1985

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Thomas Lee Harris

Officer Thomas Harris succumbed to injuries sustained nine days earlier while chasing a stolen vehicle.

He had attempted to stop the vehicle which immediately fled. As he attempted to pass a truck his patrol car flipped over and he suffered massive internal injuries. The suspect was sentenced to life as an habitual offender but was not charged with Officer Harris' death.

Officer Harris had served with the Dallas Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 4641

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Incident Date Thursday, July 11, 1985
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I worked with Thomas several times, I am a Reserve officer, and even today 25 years later my impressions of him as an officer are clear as day. He was always the first to answer emergency calls for service when I was with him, always willing to go the second mile when listening to the problems of those with whom we interacted. Like me, stolen vehicles were at the top of the list of the type of offenders that we searched for. It was an honor to work with him.

Dr. Jerry Stettheimer, Reserve Officer,
DPD, Reserve Officer, Badge R031,

August 20, 2020

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