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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 Matthews was shot and killed when he and two other deputies responded to a suspicious person call involving a man with previous mental illness. When the officers received no answer after knocking on the door Deputy Matthews looked into a window. The supect immediately opened fire, striking Deputy Matthews in the face. The suspect was later shot and killed when officers attempted to enter the home.
Deputy Matthews had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and two sons.

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I remember picking Jim up for his first tour of duty as a full time deputy. That day he started work as a deputy patrolman assigned to Kleinpeter substation. I was no more than 24 or 25 and Jim was several years older. He partnered with me for a short period of time. Jim was enthusiastic about his work, wanted to serve the community and loved his family.
His name is now listed on the memorial wall at the police officers memorial in Washington DC along with other brave men and women that have paid such a great price for our communities.

La. DOJ New Orleans Region
May 1, 2015


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