Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 6 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 1/13/1939
Suspect: Shot and killed
Night Chief John Gilliam was shot and killed while checking on a restaurant while making his rounds.
When he entered the restaurant a drunk man inside suddenly jumped up and opened fire on the chief, shooting him three times. Despite being mortally wounded, Chief Gilliam was able to return fire and killed the subject.
Chief Gilliam had served with the Cumberland Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife.