“Update on Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Investigation into Deadly Fire in Six Mile”


For Immediate Release

Chad Brooks, Chief Deputy

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office

Update on Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Investigation into Deadly Fire in Six Mile

This is a follow-up to a media release from July 1st, 2021

On the morning of July 1st, 2021, emergency personnel responded to a structure fire at 191 Duncan Road in Six Mile, South Carolina.  As firefighters extinguished the fire, a deceased subject, later identified as Beverly A. Harmon (57 yoa), was located within the residence.  At the time, an adult male resident was transported to the Augusta Burn Center for treatment for burn wounds.  Detectives with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, along with agents from the State Law Enforcement Division, subsequently responded to the incident location and began an extensive investigation.    

Through the course of the ensuing investigation, it was determined that the fire had been intentionally set by the victim’s 34-year old son, Eric James Harmon.   On July 30th, 2021, Harmon was taken into custody by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and charged with Arson 1st Degree and Murder.  Harmon is incarcerated at the Pickens County Detention Center and is presently awaiting arraignment. 

Charge:                                             Warrant:                              Bond:             Arrest Date:

Murder                                                2021A3910100711                  N/A                  07/30/2021

Arson 1st Degree                                 2021A3910100675                  N/A                  07/30/2021

A copy of the Arrest Warrants and his booking photo are attached to this Media Release.