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Deputy Sheriff Roy Jams Fortson, Jr. | Philadelphia Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

Deputy Sheriff

Roy Jams Fortson, Jr.

Philadelphia Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Saturday, November 13, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff Roy Fortson was shot and killed when he attempted to stop the robbery of a bar at the intersection of 36th Street and Spring Garden Street.

He was inside the bar when two masked subjects entered and announced a robbery at approximately 2:00 am. One of the subjects remained at the front door while the other entered the bar and robbed the bartender. As the subject attempted to leave the bar Deputy Fortson, who was unarmed, tackled him. He was shot multiple times during the ensuing struggle.

Two other off duty deputies, who had gone outside to make a phone call, returned fire as the subjects fled the scene.

Both subjects were later apprehended. One of the subjects, who turned out to be one of Deputy Fortson's cousins, was sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Fortson had served with the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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A Hero now in Heaven, Always remembered and Never forgotten.

Kim Weigand - PA C.O.P.S.
Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand E.O.W. 9/14/2008
November 13, 2014


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