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

Sheriff

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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I was born in 1963 and grew up in northern Mississippi, so was just short of turning 19 in September 1982. I don't remember hearing of this at that time, but recently happened upon this site to read of Sheriff Posey's passing. I'm sure his family misses him terribly, but how proud of him they must be. I'm also proud of this fellow Mississippian.

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June 23, 2016

 

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