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Chief of Police James J. Mitchell | St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

Chief of Police

James J. Mitchell

St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, December 25, 1905

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Shot and killed

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Chief Mitchell was stabbed to death while arresting a drunk man on Central Avenue between Second Street and Third Street. During the arrest one of the man's friends stabbed Chief Mitchell in the back with a butcher knife. Although mortally wounded, Chief Mitchell was able to shoot and kill the suspect who stabbed him.

Chief Mitchell was the city's first police chief after the city became incorporated in 1903 and had previously served as special officer and special deputy for Hillsborough County. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and three sons.

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We are blessed that you were here to watch over the early pioneers of our home town, and many of my family members also. Thank you. May you now have eternal peace being recognized for your service and properly interred.

Denise Vaughn Bentley
granddaughter of pioneer Grace Wickham
May 12, 2017


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