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Officer Maurice W. Phillips, Sr. | Dalton Police Department, Georgia Dalton Police Department, Georgia

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Maurice W. Phillips, Sr.

Dalton Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 25, 1956

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 12/22/1956

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Officer Maurice Phillips succumbed to an accidental gunshot wound inflicted by a fellow officer inside of the police headquarters at the city hall.

He was training the new officer on quick draw techniques with unloaded firearms. After they had finished, the new officer left the room momentarily and Officer Phillips reloaded both weapons. When the other officer returned to the room he picked his gun up off the table and tried a quick draw again, not knowing Officer Phillips had reloaded the weapon. The gun discharged, striking Officer Phillips in the chest.

Officer Phillips had served with the Dalton Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife, three sons, parents, sister, and two brothers.

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It is truly good to see that Officer Phillips, after all these years not only has gotten the recognition he sadly earned, but that his family can appreciate it.

Officer Phillips, your passing was a tragic mistake. I can only hope the officer who accidentally took your life was able to get on with his life afterwards. No doubt it had a strong impact but sadly, these things can happen.

Officer Phillips, God Bless you and may you rest comfortably forever.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
December 18, 2014

 

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