SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – A Spartanburg police officer has died days after he was seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash while responding to help fellow officers.
The coroner says 39-year-old Jason Gregory Harris passed away Thursday night from injuries he suffered in the crash.
He died from exsanguination (severe blood loss) secondary to laceration of liver and inferior vena cava (the large vein carrying deoxygenated blood from the lower body), according to the coroner. The manner of death was an accident.
Officer Harris was thrown from his police motorcycle when he struck a car turning left into a drive way Tuesday on Union Street, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
The Spartanburg Police Department said in a statement that officers had called for assistance while responding to a burglary on Cedar Springs Road. Harris was headed in that direction when the accident happened.
The Spartanburg Police Department said in a statement that Harris would have celebrated 12 years of service with the department on July 23rd.
This accident wasn’t the first time Officer Harris was hurt in the line of duty.
He was shot in the hip while trying to serve a warrant in January 2011.
Officer Harris is survived by a wife and three children.
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.
Mayor Junie White issued the following statement:
We are in mourning. This is a sad time for the citizens of Spartanburg, a sad time for the entire City of Spartanburg
team, and a sad time for the law enforcement community, as we all deal with the death of Master Police
Officer Jason Harris. As we mourn his passing, we also are reminded of the job our law enforcement officers do
every day for us. They face dangers and risk their lives every day. Tragically, MPO Harris gave his life protecting the
citizens of our community, and we will forever remember and honor him for that ultimate sacrifice.
MPO Harris was a dedicated law enforcement officer, a man of compassion, and a beloved husband and father of
three. Our thoughts and prayers are with MPO Harris’ entire family, and with all City of Spartanburg public safety
officers and staff as they mourn their colleague’s death.
222 units of blood were donated in honor of Officer Harris at a blood drive in front of Spartanburg City Hall.
Those who wish to give but could not attend the blood drive can donate in Officer Harris’ name at other Blood Connection centers.
If you would like to donate money, they have also set up a GoFundMe page for Harris.
VISITATION: Tuesday April, 18 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at First Baptist at 250 E. Main St. in Spartanburg
FUNERAL: Wednesday April, 19 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist at 250 E. Main St. in Spartanburg
BURIAL: Wood Memorial Park – 863 Gap Creek Road in Greer
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