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Virginia Beach police officer killed in Iraq

Officer Down: Bradley J. Harper - [Virginia Beach, Virginia]

Biographical Info

Age: 25

Additional Info: Officer Harper joined the police department in 2004 and was also a Marine reservist. He is survived by his wife.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Officer Harper was killed by a roadside explosion in Iraq.

Date of Incident: August 4, 2005


The Virginian-Pilot

A Virginia Beach police officer serving as a Marine reservist has been killed by a massive roadside explosion while riding in an amphibious vehicle in Iraq.

Bradley J. Harper, 25, died Wednesday along with 13 other Marines and an Iraqi translator on a road outside Haditha when a roadside bomb detonated and flipped their lightly armored vehicle.

On Thursday, Virginia Beach police officers memorialized Harper's death by "draping the badge," a traditional show of honor and brotherhood by police who place a black swath across their shields when a fellow officer is killed.

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