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Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Charles Matthews | East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff

Jimmy Charles Matthews

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch: Monday, April 26, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Matthews was shot and killed when he and two other deputies responded to a suspicious person call involving a man with previous mental illness.

Deputy Matthews attempted to look through a window after responding officers received no answer at the door. The man immediately opened fire, striking Deputy Matthews in the face. The subject was later shot and killed when officers attempted to enter the home.

Deputy Matthews had served with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office for seven years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

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Jimmy, I knew you as a young man. Your grandfather Charlie E Gant and my father B. E. "Ed" Gant were brothers I guess we met in the 50's You were so nice to your little cousin I never forgot you. Then Uncle Charlie died my father died. We just lost touch as the years went by.
In the evening of April 26, 1982 I was watching the news and heard the news where you had been killed, Oh No not my sweet cousin Jimmy I called my Aunt Vida and she found out yes it was you. I heard you were married with children that I never got to meet. I have thought about you and your family often. But until we meet again Jimmy this is good by! Donna Gant Liles

Donna Gant Liles
November 9, 2015


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