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Sergeant James Amos Meeks | Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi


James Amos Meeks

Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 12, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sergeant James Meeks was shot and killed by an inmate at the Mississippi State Penitentiary.

The inmate had been assigned to a work detail at Sergeant Meeks' home which was located inside the prison complex. When Sergeant Meeks arrived home, at the end of his shift, the inmate attacked him, gained control of his service revolver and shot him. He was apprehended a short time later by a state trooper and a correctional officer.

The inmate, who was serving a life sentence for the murder of a Chinese merchant in 1969, was convicted of first degree murder and received another life sentence on March 1, 1973.

Sergeant Meeks was survived by his wife and six children. He was a retired U.S. Marine gunnery sergeant.

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Your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to the Citizens of and The State of Mississippi! Continue to Rest in Peace Officer Meeks.
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, Troop D
September 12, 2015


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