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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

Incident Date: 9/29/1982

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: 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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Time may ease pain, but wounds always remain. I know you would so be proud of Melissa and Mike. I know how much they miss you, how much I miss you. I read something recently that brought this day to mind..."Word fail when heroes fall." That is true, because after all this time, words still fail me. Seeing the reflections left here after all this time shows how you touched so many lives and how we still miss you...you will always be in my heart.

Donna
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September 30, 2013

 

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