MADISON COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper John Harris was killed in the line of duty Friday.
Trooper Harris was struck and fatally injured after being hit by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on Highway 16, according to MDPS.
“The Mississippi Highway Patrol mourns the loss of Trooper John Harris,” said Colonel Randy Ginn. “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.”
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Trooper John Harris (Z-21),” said Commissioner Sean Tindell. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow Troopers.”
This is an ongoing investigation.
Governor Tate Reeves also shared his condolences to the Harris family in the following statement via Facebook:
The tragic loss of Trooper John Harris in Madison County has left so many suffering. It is a stark reminder of how fragile life on earth can be – and of the sacrifices made each and every day by his fellow MHP Troopers and his brothers and sisters in law enforcement across Mississippi and around this great country. Elee and I pray for his wife, his young children, his Mom and Dad, and the rest of his extended family. We pray because we are suffering! We pray because we believe in the power of prayer! We pray because we take comfort in our belief in eternal life.And we pray because “This kind (of suffering) cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” Mark 9:29Governor Tate Reeves’ statement via Facebook
A GoFundMe has also been set up for the family. To donate, click here.