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Special Officer James E. Travis | Atlanta Police Department, Georgia Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

Special Officer

James E. Travis

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Friday, February 24, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/23/1922

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Not available

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Special Officer James Travis succumbed to wounds sustained the previous night when he was shot with his own service weapon while attempting to arrest a subject near his home on the 400 block of Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Officer Travis was off duty but went to investigate a disturbance at a store down the street from his home. As a result he attempted to arrest one of the men involved. After placing his gun back in its holster and handcuffing the suspect, the subject was able to grab the officer's service revolver and shot him twice. The shooting was witnessed by Officer Travis' wife, who was standing on their front porch.

The suspect fled the scene after the shooting. Officer Travis was transported to Grady Hospital where he died the following evening.

Officer Travis had been appointed as a special officer until the next meeting of the police election board. He was survived by his wife.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 90th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
February 24, 2012


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