Deputy Sheriff Harvey L. Middleton

Deputy Sheriff Harvey L. Middleton

Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, May 11, 1975

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Harvey L. Middleton

Deputy Sheriff Harvey Middleton was shot and killed when he and the St. Stephen Police Chief attempted to arrest a man who went on a shooting spree at his mother's home.

The suspect had shot and killed several dogs, chickens, hogs, and was threatening to shoot members of his family. As the officers arrived at the home the suspect pulled a pistol and ran behind a nearby smokehouse. As Deputy Middleton rounded the corner of the building in pursuit, the suspect shot him in his abdomen. Although mortally wounded, Deputy Middleton returned fire, seriously wounding the suspect.

The suspect was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 25 years in prison January 29, 1976. He was paroled March 7, 1984. On April 25, 1990, he was returned to prison for violating his parole.

Deputy Middleton was survived by his wife and their two children, and his two children prior to their marriage.

On July 24, 2021, the Berkley County Sheriff, Sheriff's Deputies, and South Carolina lawmakers paid tribute to Deputy Middleton by naming the stretch of Highway 45 between Betaw Road to Arrowhead Road the Deputy Sheriff Harvey Middleton Memorial Highway.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

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I commented on the reflection on Jan. 15th 2009! Just wanted to thank all comments from everyone and know that my uncle Harvey is still missed daily but the family knows he is with the lord awaiting us....continue to rest unc. We love and miss u!

Sergeant David Middleton
North Carolina Dept. of Public Safety...nephew!

February 4, 2021

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