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Hero Down: Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper John Harris Killed By Semi During Traffic Stop

Madison County, MS – Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) Trooper John Harris died in the line of duty after being struck by a tractor-trailer while conducting a traffic stop on Friday.

The 44-year-old trooper out on a traffic stop on Highway 16 when the fatal collision occurred, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) said in a press release later that day.

The investigation into the crash remains ongoing.

“The Mississippi Highway Patrol mourns the loss of Trooper John Harris,” MHP Colonel Randy Ginn said in the press release. “Trooper Harris was a passionate, dedicated public servant and an important member of the MHP family. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time.”

CPD Commissioner Sean Tindell called the veteran trooper’s death a “tragic loss.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow Troopers,” Tindell said.

Trooper Harris wanted to be a law enforcement officer ever since he was a child, according to his obituary.

He hired on in Webb, Mississippi in 1997 and later moved on to Friars Point, where he was awarded his first Purple Heart.

Trooper Harris was awarded a second Purple Heart while serving with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, and later spent time working for the Richland Police Department.

He “achieved the dream of his life” in 2018 when he graduated with the 62nd Cadet Class and became an MHP trooper, according to his obituary.

The highly-decorated trooper leaves behind his wife, Kate, and his young children, Parker and Cooper.

He is also survived by his parents, brothers, in-laws, three nephews, and his niece.

A fundraising campaign established to help his family in the wake of their loss has raised over $24,000 so far.

Trooper Harris will be laid to rest on Tuesday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper John Harris, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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