Highway Patrol Trooper struck, dies conducting traffic stop

On Friday, May 28, Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper John Harris was struck by a vehicle and while conducting a traffic stop on Highway 16 in Madison County. 

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

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Trooper John Harris (Z-21),” added Department of Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow Troopers.”

Earlier reports said Harris was struck by an 18-wheeler in Canton Friday afternoon.  

This is an ongoing investigation.

DeSoto County News Service

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3 thoughts on “Highway Patrol Trooper struck, dies conducting traffic stop

  • May 29, 2021 at 11:52 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and co-workers. May he RIP.

  • May 31, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    God Bless his family, friends, and co-workers for His Strength and Comfort. Thanks be to him for the job that he did for the people of Mississippi.


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