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Officer Herbert D. Copeland | Brunswick Police Department, Georgia Brunswick Police Department, Georgia

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Herbert D. Copeland

Brunswick Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Sunday, March 11, 1956

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 21 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to 20 years

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Officer Copeland was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a report of a domestic disturbance. When they arrived on the scene they encountered a man holding a shotgun. Officer Copeland rolled down his window and told the man that he was a good man and that he wanted to talk to him. The suspect lowered the shotgun. When he heard the police radio report that backup was on its way he raised the gun again and opened fire, killing Officer Copeland and seriously wounding his partner.

On May 24, 1956, the suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Officer Copeland had been with the agency for 21 years.

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Investigator Mike Thomas
Brunswick Police Dept.
December 21, 2014

 

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