Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Sgt. Ron Harrison Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office..

..was killed early this morning.

Harrison, a Brandon resident and father of four, was shot just before 1 a.m. as he was driving north from the intersection of Kings Avenue 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 unmarked 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," [Hillsborough County Sheriff David] 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.

The killer's girlfriend called police later this morning when her boyfriend told her he killed a deputy. The sheriff's guys circled the house. A neighbor says in this story that the killer had a death wish. And to make a long story short, the sheriff made his wish come true.

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