Chief of Police James J. Mitchell

Chief of Police James J. Mitchell

St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Monday, December 25, 1905

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James J. Mitchell

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.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Shot and killed

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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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