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Trooper Hurfu L. Duckworth | Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol, Mississippi Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol, Mississippi

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Hurfu L. Duckworth

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol, Mississippi

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 19, 1959

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 86

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Released in 1973

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Trooper Duckworth was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance at a hotel in Hattiesburg at 1950 hours. The suspect was apprehended later in the evening.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death on November 23, 1959. A year later the verdict was overturned for insanity reasons and he was committed in a state mental hospital. In 1973 he was declared sane and ordered to stand trial for murder a second time. On May 24, 1973, his trial resulted in a hung jury. A mistrial was declared and he was released.

Trooper Duckworth had been with the agency for 12 years and was assigned to Troop J. He was survived by his wife.

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Trooper Duckworth, your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to The Great State of Mississippi and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow "RedLeg"!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, TroopD
August 19, 2016

 

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