Deputy Sheriff Brian Harris Kane County Sheriff’s Office Utah End of Watch: Thursday, August 26, 2010

Patch image: Kane County Sheriff's Office, Utah

Deputy Sheriff Brian Harris
Kane County Sheriff’s Office
Utah

End of Watch: Thursday, August 26, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Thursday, August 26, 2010
Incident Location: Arizona
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: At large

Deputy Brian Harris was shot and killed while tracking a burglary suspect in the desert near Fredonia, Arizona.
Deputy Harris had begun a foot pursuit of the man in Kane County, but the man fled across the border into Arizona. As Deputy Harris tracked the man’s movements he was fatally struck by rifle fire.
A large manhunt was initiated in which the suspect exchanged fire with other officers multiple times. The suspect, who was familiar with the desert area, was believed to have to stored supplied in various locations.
Deputy Harris is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Agency Contact Information
Kane County Sheriff’s Office
76 North Main Street
Kanab, UT 84741
Phone: (435) 644-4916
Please contact the Kane County Sheriff’s Office for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Coconino County authorities say Deputy Sheriff Brian Harris of Kane County, Utah, was shot about three miles east of Fredonia, Ariz., a small town just south of the Utah border.

Officials say the 41-year-old Harris was chasing 23-year-old burglary suspect Scott Curley on foot Thursday afternoon when the suspect allegedly opened fire.

The manhunt for Curley continued through the night.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert describes Harris as a lawman who put "himself in a dangerous situation to protect his community."

Harris was married and the father of two daughters.

"Once again, we have received the tragic news that a Utah peace officer has lost his life in the line of duty," said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. He described Harris as a lawman who put "himself in a dangerous situation to protect his community."

The Salt Lake City Tribune reported that Harris’ friends and family members gathered at his home to offer comfort and condolences.

"He was our go-to guy," said his mother Bonnie Harris. "He did everything for us."

The Gulf War veteran joined the sherif’s office after returning from the Mideast and enjoyed his work, especially rescuing lost or stranded people, said his brother, Bert Harris.

He said his brother joined the sheriff’s office after returning from the war and enjoyed his work, especially rescuing lost or stranded people on Cedar Mountain.

"He loved law enforcement. It was his thing," said his father Bruce Harris.

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1 Response to “Deputy Sheriff Brian Harris Kane County Sheriff’s Office Utah End of Watch: Thursday, August 26, 2010”


  1. 1 Handyearl August 27, 2010 at 12:15

    For Officer Brian Harris: True! He may be fallen — but he is certainly not forgotten! For his blood ran into the soil of the country he loved! And for that his country loves him immensely! I’m sure amid the tears, his friends and family was proud to call him their friend, their brother, their protector. I would have been extremely proud to call him my own brother. He gave his life in the noble line of duty! And for that — only heartfelt gratitude fills the soul of all who love those who live to uphold the law and freedom of this country! May God bless all of Officer Brian Harris’ loved ones and friends who shared with us such a MIGHTY MAN OF VALOR!!!


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