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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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I feel very guilty as I am just getting around to Thanking Sheriff Posey as I do so many times, even daily. See I was the 14 year old boy in the car when it happened. So many things I have kept inside for many years, things Derald said to me that assured me and my family were going to die that day. But Sheriff posey intervened and made the ultimate sacrifice. He is one of the rare people that carried his self in a positive, professional manner at all times. Their are few very true hero's, and he is one that I will always keep in my head. Sheriff Posey, you bring the meaning to the word Sheriff and will always be missed.

Ex BPD and LCSO, Sonny Welch
October 26, 2015


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