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Sergeant James E. Richardson, Jr. | Atlanta Police Department, Georgia Atlanta Police Department, Georgia


James E. Richardson, Jr.

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, July 19, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 8003

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life imprisonment

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Sergeant James Richardson was shot and killed during a traffic stop at McDaniel and Peters Streets.

Sergeant Richardson, while undercover driving an unmarked car, had stopped the vehicle after witnessing the two occupants harassing a female gas station attendant.

After stopping the vehicle he spoke to the driver who had gotten out and as he returned to his car to run his license, the passenger got out and shot him. This was witnessed by the patrons of a restaurant across the street from where the stop occurred.

The vehicle they were driving was stolen from a couple they had abducted and robbed. The couple escaped, but not before being fired upon.

The shooter was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Sergeant Richardson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He had served with the Atlanta Police Department for 10 years and was survived by his wife and daughter.

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I remember Jimmy well , we took some classes back in the 70's. I've probably never rode down Peters St without remembering, almost 40 yrs

Citizen of Douglasville. Steve Gordon
July 19, 2016


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