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Night Chief James J. Paulk | West Frankfort Police Department, Illinois West Frankfort Police Department, Illinois

Night Chief

James J. Paulk

West Frankfort Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, September 13, 1954

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Paroled in 1968

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Night Chief James Paulk was shot and killed while investigating reports of a man being shoved into a taxi by another man.

As he and another officer were at the scene of the incident, the witnesses observed the cab driving on Illinois Route 37 and pointed it out to the officers. Night Chief Paulk and the other officer stopped the cab and as they approached the cab, the driver opened fire, striking Night Chief Paulk in the heart.

Night Chief Paulk and the other officer returned fire but did not strike the suspect. The suspect had stolen the cab from the regular driver, who was seated in the passenger seat. The man fled the scene but was later arrested.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to 99 years. He was paroled March 7, 1968.

Night Chief Paulk, father of four children, had served with the West Frankfort Police Department for five years.

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I am a nephew of James Paulk. Also I was named after him.The year he got kill was the year I got married. His father preached his funeral. It was a very bad day for the family. A good man was laif to rest that day. I live in Pleasant Grove, Alabama. 35127

Don Paulk private citizen
March 26, 2014


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