South Carolina Police Officer Dies While Responding To Burglary
A Spartanburg (SC) police officer has died days after he was seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash while responding to help fellow officers on a burglary call.
Officer Jason Harris was driving east on Union Street when he struck a car that was turning left into a driveway, according to state troopers.
Troopers say he was thrown from the motorcycle, and was taken to the hospital for treatment. He was wearing his helmet at the time.
Harris, a 12-year-veteran with the department, had been shot in the hip by a suspect back in 2011.
Spartanburg Police Chief Alonzo Thompson stated:
“Officer Harris has been a loyal and valued member of the Spartanburg Police Department and will be greatly missed. Officer Harris has served our community well and we appreciate the sacrifices that he and his family has made to our community. We best honor Officer Harris’ memory and the memory of other fallen law enforcement professionals by continuing our service to the communities we vowed to protect.”
Police say Officer Harris loved his work and served on the department’s SWAT team, Motorcycle Unit, K-9 Tracking Team, Downtown Bicycle Unit, Housing Complex Team and was a Gang Investigator.