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08-15-07, 08:33 AM #1
Hillsborough Co SO, FL, Sgt shot and killed
A Hillsborough County Sheriff's Sgt has been shot in killed in what appears at this early time to be an ambush where the suspect was looking to kill a cop. The Sgt was shot while driving by the suspects location. The story is below.
The Tampa Tribune
Published: August 15, 2007
Sgt. Ron Harrison.
BRANDON - A Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy was fatally shot this morning while driving his patrol car.
After receiving a tip, deputies arrived at the home of a man suspected in the shooting of Sgt. Ron Harrison, 55, and killed him after he opened fire on them, Sheriff David Gee said. The suspected gunman's name has not been released.
"We lost one of our own," Gee said in a 5:15 a.m. news conference.
Harrison, a Brandon resident and father of four, was shot just after midnight as he was driving north from the intersection of Kings Boulevard and Lumsden Road.
Friday would have been his 21st anniversary with the sheriff's office.
Sheriff's officials gave this account of the incident:
Harrison was headed east on Lumsden, turning north onto Kings beside at least one other car, when a series of shots rang out, the driver of the other car told investigators.
Harrison's patrol car clipped the witness' vehicle and went out of control, Gee said. The deputy activated his emergency lights, crossed the median and crashed into a tree about a half-mile away.
"We believe he was trying to get himself to a hospital," Gee said. "It was the kind of severe wounds that would have [made him] quickly incapacitated."
Harrison was taken to Brandon Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Shortly after the crash, a Riverview woman called authorities to say her boyfriend told her he had just been involved in a shooting a police officer, Gee said.
She provided an address about a mile from the crash scene, at 1707 Village Court. Deputies arrived to find the man had barricaded himself inside.
Deputies tried to negotiate with the man when the man opened fire with a large-caliber weapon, the sheriff said.
Gee said the suspect's shots hit several patrol cars but did not hit anyone.
"I authorized deadly force be used," Gee said. "He was shot and killed by SWAT officers at the scene."
The suspect was inside the home, and the shot that killed him came through a window, Gee said.
At 7 a.m., seven hours after the shooting, investigators were trying to learn details and were searching for other witnesses.
"It's unclear if [the shooter] was in a vehicle or if he ambushed [Harrison] from the roadside," Gee said. "Right now, it appears to be very complicated how this occurred."
Harrison had just completed operating a DUI checkpoint on Brandon Boulevard, Gee said.
"He was just getting ready to end duty," he said. "We don't know if he had encountered [the shooter] or if he was checking him out."
Harrison was not en route to another call and did not radio dispatchers once he had been shot, Gee said.
Morning motorists are asked to use alternate routes around the intersection. The portion of Lumsden between Kings and Parson Avenue will be closed to traffic until noon, officials said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.
The Eagle 8 helicopter and reporters from News Channel 8 and The Tampa Tribune are at the scene. Stay with TBO.com for developments on this story............................................
08-15-07, 08:37 AM #2
Rest in peace.
08-15-07, 08:38 AM #3
08-15-07, 09:00 AM #4
Rest in peace, Brother.........yet another reminder of the sick world we live/work in, watch your six gents.....
08-15-07, 09:35 AM #5
Rest in Peace.To be born an Englishman, is to be a winner in the Lottery of Life.
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08-15-07, 10:17 AM #6
RIP my Brother
My thoughts and prayers are extended to your family, friends, and Dept."An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
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08-15-07, 11:49 AM #9
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08-15-07, 11:59 AM #10
My condolences to his family.
08-16-07, 05:05 PM #11
Some of the latest info to come out of the investigation was the fact that he was using racial slurs while in the standoff with police. The suspect said "88-14" which is related to Hitler and Aryan Nation. It so happens that the murder of the black Sheriffs Office Sgt came a few minutes after midnight, and the day that had just ended 30 minutes before was 08/14/2007. It appears that he targeted the Sgt simply because he was a black police officer.
Two snipers each took one shot at the same time and killed the suspect in his home.
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BE CAREFUL OUT THERE GUYS EVEN IF IT APPEARS SOMEONE IS LOST AND JUST NEEDS DIRECTIONS!...........................................
08-16-07, 06:25 PM #12
Rest easy brother,
Thank you for your dedication, and service!YEAH, IM THE BERRIES, AND CHERRIES IN YOUR REAR VIEW MIRROR.
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08-16-07, 06:32 PM #13
Man, it is getting crazy here in Florida lately. That piece of crap got what he deserved. Rest in peace sergeant.
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08-16-07, 09:18 PM #15
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08-17-07, 02:44 AM #16
Rest easy, brother. We've got the watch now.
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08-17-07, 03:05 PM #17
08-18-07, 10:23 AM #18
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell
08-18-07, 02:03 PM #19
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08-18-07, 09:40 PM #20
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