Police Officer James Russell Sorrow

Police Officer James Russell Sorrow

Greenville Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, September 19, 1996

James Russell Sorrow

Officer James Sorrow was shot and killed while attempting to serve a felony warrant on a 20-year-old subject.

The suspect fled on foot and was pursued by Officer Sorrow. During the chase the suspect ambushed him from behind a shed. The suspect shot Officer Sorrow numerous times, striking him twice in the face, buttocks, and four times in the back of the head.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison October 30, 1997.

Officer Sorrow had served with the Greenville Police Department for 4 years. He is survived by his wife and five month old son.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life w/out parole

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Russ it is so hard to believe it's been 22 years already.I have so many wonderful memories of our years in school together.I also remember the day you introduce me to Joy and showed me your badge.You were so happy.I miss you so much. You will never be forgotten.

Brenda Griffin
School Friend

September 18, 2018

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