Patrolman Kenneth W. Harrison

Patrolman Kenneth W. Harrison

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, June 8, 1963

Kenneth W. Harrison

Patrolman Kenneth Harrison was shot and killed while transporting two prisoners to the jail Gainesville, Texas.

As he reported his location on the car's radio the male prisoner in the back seat shot him five times. It is believed that the subject had concealed his gun in his fake leg or that his girlfriend, who was also in the backseat, had hidden it on her person.

Patrolman Harrison's car crashed into a feed store one block from the jail, and both prisoners fled into the store. Responding officers exchanged shots with the two before taking them into custody. The male subject was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Patrolman Harrison was WWII veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for seven years and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Harrison,
On today, the 55th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 8, 2018

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