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Chief of Police Milwood L. Stokes | Whigham Police Department, Georgia Whigham Police Department, Georgia

Chief of Police

Milwood L. Stokes

Whigham Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Sunday, April 6, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Chief Milwood Stokes was shot and killed following a high speed chase through town. He and a city councilman were sitting in his patrol car when they observed a truck speed past them. They attempted to stop the truck and chased it until it stopped at a home. As Chief Stokes approached the man opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with bird shot, fatally wounding Chief Stokes. He then shot and wounded the councilman as he ran for help.

The suspect was taken into custody a short time later. He was convicted of murdering Chief Stokes and sentenced to life in prison.

Chief Stokes had served with the agency for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and nine children.

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Your courage is remembered today and always Chief, Rest in Peace my brother. May the Lord bless your family always.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City PD
April 12, 2017


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