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Police Officer James W. Stokes | Columbus Police Department, Georgia Columbus Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer

James W. Stokes

Columbus Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, May 22, 1920

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/20/1920

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Executed

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Police Officer James Stokes and Police Officer Charles Harvey were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspected liquor runner at the corner of 5th Avenue and 16th Street.

The suspect produced a handgun and shot both officers. Officer Harvey died at the scene and Officer Stokes died of his wounds two days later.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested a few days later. He was sentenced to death for the murders and later executed.

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Police Officer Charles B. Harvey
Columbus Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch: Thursday, May 20, 1920
Cause: Gunfire

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

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May 22, 2015


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