Hero Down: Spartanburg Police Officer Jason Harris Succumbs To Injuries
Spartanburg Officer Jason Harris Dies
Spartanburg, SC – Spartanburg Police Officer Jason Harris, age 39, who was injured in a motorcycle crash on Tuesday night, April 11, died Thursday, April 13.
According to WSPA, the incident happened about 9:45 PM on Union Road. Officer Harris was traveling east to assist another officer, and struck the right rear side of a westbound car that was turning left into a driveway, according to GoUpstate. He was thrown from his 2011 Kawasaki motorcycle.
Officer Harris was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said that he died from his injuries.
He was a 12-year veteran of the Spartanburg Police Department. In 2011, he was shot in the hip while going into an apartment to serve a warrant with a tactical team. He recovered fully, and his attacker, Toby Moore, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation. The blood drive that was scheduled for Friday, April 14 in Officer Harris’ honor will still be held in front of Spartanburg City hall from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Spartanburg Police Chief Alonzo Thompson said, “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.”
Officer Harris is survived by his wife and three children.
If you would like to help provide support for this hero’s family, a GoFundMe has been set up HERE.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of fallen hero Spartanburg Police Officer Jason Harris, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.