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Deputy Sheriff Brian Bruce Harris

Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Utah.
Date of Death: Thursday, August 26, 2010.

Age: 41.

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 and another officer tracked the man’s movements, he was fatally struck by rifle fire. The man had setup an ambush under a tree and fired the fatal shot from 40 to 150 feet away.

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 stored supplies in various locations. The suspect was arrested four days later after attempting to break into a home to steal supplies. The homeowner called 911 and responding officers took the suspect into custody without incident.

Deputy Harris had served with the Kane County Sheriff’s Office for 19 years and he was a Gulf War veteran who served with the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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