Indiana CO Rhema Harris killed in drive-by shooting

Harris, a decorated U.S. Army veteran, was not the intended target and was tragically in the "wrong place at the wrong time"


By Greg Friese

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Rhema Harris, a corrections officer, who was studying to become a police officer, was buried with honors after being killed in a drive-by shooting in June. 

Harris was visiting friends when she was caught in the middle of an ongoing feud, according to News 3 WREG. Harris was not the intended target. 

CO Harris was training to become a police officer and had been a CO for almost a year at the time of her killing.
CO Harris was training to become a police officer and had been a CO for almost a year at the time of her killing. (St. Joseph County Police Department)

Detective bureau division chief Dan Gebo explained that Harris was not the target and she was just "in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Pastor Lamont Harris is grieving the death of his daughter.

“She would have been a great officer because she loved people,” Harris said.

"Rhema proudly served her country in the United States Army," St. Joseph County Sheriff William Redman said. "She received a national defense service award, global war on terrorism service medal and an Army service ribbon, before being honorably discharged in 2016."

Harris received police and military honors. 

“At the cemetery, there were so many St. Joe County corrections officers who came up to me and her mom and said ‘your daughter was exceptional at her job,'” Harris said. 

 

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