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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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Continue to rest in peace Chief Mitchell, we will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you sir are a hero..

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL
December 25, 2012

 

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