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Officer Shirley Denise Winston | Columbus Police Department, Georgia Columbus Police Department, Georgia


Shirley Denise Winston

Columbus Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Monday, December 31, 1990

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Age: 26

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Officer Winston was accidentally shot and killed when her partner's shotgun discharged as the partner struggled with a suspect. Officer Winston was approaching the two to assist the other officer when the shotgun was fired. The blast struck her directly below her bulletproof vest. She died of her wounds a short time later.

Officer Winston had been with the agency for 4 years and was survived by her husband and three children.

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I did not know Shirley, but I graduated from the same high school as she did. I learned about her through planning our first Chavala High All Class Reunion. I asked for a list of Fallen Wildcats, so that we could remember them in a memorial. Her maiden name is Blanding and I was told she passed away in the line of duty and that the Shirley B. Winston Supercenter is named after her in the city of Columbus which is where I live. Now, I am all excited about doing our next picnic there to honor her sacrifice. I am doing all I can to make sure the Wildcats know how special she was to our community.

Kimberly Oates Glover
Chavala High School 1989
June 27, 2013


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