Police Killer John Chisholm is scheduled for a parole hearing on or about October 1, 2012. Chisholm was convicted for the heinous 1991 assassination of Southern Pines, N.C. Detective Charles Edward Harris.
On the evening of April 4, 1991, Harris was enjoying a quiet supper at his home with his wife and 17 year old son, when the doorbell rang. When Harris answered the doorbell, the suspects opened fire. Harris was struck 6 times in the face. Mrs. Harris suffered a severed finger from a stray bullet. Mrs. Harris rushed her husband to the hospital. He was later pronounced dead shortly afterward.
Earlier that day, Harris had been having lunch with his partner, Carol McCarn, and SBI Special Agent Tom McSwain. Harris identified several young men who were sitting in a nearby booth as known drug dealers. The drug dealers tracked Harris’s movements and followed him to his home after he attended an anti-crime watch meeting. They waited until Harris was at home and unarmed before carrying out the brutal act. Detective Harris’s murder was committed in retaliation for the detective’s prior arrest of known drug dealers. Eight men were convicted in what was later described as “the intentional, premeditated assassination of a police officer.”
“The attack was in retaliation for Ed’s investigation into drug trafficking,” his department says on its memorial to fallen officers. “He was relentless in the pursuit of drug pushers. Ed Harris died for the cause he was committed to – the fight to maintain law and order and the eradication of the cancer which feeds on society known as drugs.”
Harris, 45, was a twenty year veteran of law enforcement. Prior to his service with the Southern Pines Police Department, Harris also served with Hoke County Sheriff’s Department and the Aberdeen and Robbins police departments. He was highly respected by law enforcement and civilians alike.
“I met Ed in the late 70′s. I was the wide -eyed young rookie who hung on every word the seasoned veteran NARC spoke, “ Detective Mark Caskey wrote on the Officer Down website. “I later worked narcotics at three different agencies. I never forgot the lessons I learned from the master. I was working with him only hours before he ended his last tour. I will never forget him, or what he taught me.”
Chisholm had already been identified as a violent felon prior to Detective Harris’s murder. He was sentenced to life plus sixty years. Chisholm has shown no remorse whatsoever, and he has not been compliant during his incarceration. His numerous infractions include one escape attempt.
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N.C. Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission
Attention: Nicole Mitchell
Dear Parole Board Members:
I ask that you DENY PAROLE to John Chisholm, inmate #75485. This inmate’s despicable murder of Detective Charles Harris in 1991 should preclude him from ever being released early.
Inmate #75485 targeted Detective Harris in his own home, gunning him down in front of his wife, who was also shot and wounded. This is one of the most heinous murders of a law enforcement officer in modern history.
Violence against law enforcement officers is on the rise and many officers have lost their lives to parolees. Inmates who have taken the life of an officer should be subject to serve their full sentence, without any possibility of parole.
Inmate #75485 has shown he is not suitable for release, having at least seven infractions while incarcerated including several in the past year.
As a concerned citizen, and in the interest of public safety, I am asking that you DENY PAROLE to inmate #75485. Justice demands that he be made to spend every day of his life in prison.