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Patrolman James Franklin Marchbanks | Savannah Police Department, Georgia Savannah Police Department, Georgia

Patrolman

James Franklin Marchbanks

Savannah Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 30, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 0073

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman James Marchbanks was shot and killed after encountering a man carrying a .22 caliber rifle in a park at West Broad Street and Victory Drive. As Patrolman Marchbanks approached the man to question him the man took cover behind a tree and shot Patrolman Marchbanks twice. Patrolman Marchbanks was able to return fire but did not strike the suspect.

Patrolman Marchbanks was found a short time later and succumbed to his wounds while being transported to the hospital.

The suspect, who was on parole for a murder in Chicago, was apprehended two months later and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Patrolman Marchbanks had been with the agency for five years and was survived by his expectant wife.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas
July 4, 2015

 

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