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Sheriff James Posey | Franklin County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi Franklin County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi


James Posey

Franklin County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 29, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sheriff James Posey was shot and killed after voluntarily taking the place of four hostages.

The hostage taker had taken a woman and her three children hostage and Sheriff Posey negotiated the exchange. Moments later the suspect shot Sheriff Posey in the chest as they both sat in a police car at a roadblock in Lincoln County. After Sheriff Posey fell from the car other deputies returned fire and killed the suspect.

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Donna and Mike

I recall Wednesday, September 29, 1982, like it was yesterday. I have told the story of the sherriff's unbelievable heroic actions of that day to so many people throughout the years that followed. When you assign someone with the label of being a "hero", one should read the accounts of the unselfish actions James took that day to save the lives of that lady and those childern. As I continue along in my law enforcement career, I can only hope to be half the officer Sherriff James Posey was!!

Corporal Robert W. Harrigill Florida Highway Patrol Homicide Investigator
July 8, 2015


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