Officer James Lonnie Mize

Officer James Lonnie Mize

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, February 6, 1954

James Lonnie Mize

Officer James Mize was shot and killed by a suspect he had just arrested on a warrant. When Officer Mize and his partner went to arrest the suspect he was very friendly to the officers and stated the warrant was a mistake. Because the suspect was being so nice Officer Mize's partner drove the suspect car to the stationhouse while Officer Mize drove the suspect. While on the way to the stationhouse the suspect took Officer Mize's gun and shot and killed him.

Officer Mize's partner witnesses what had happened and ran to assist his partner but was shot and wounded and the suspect escaped. He was later recaptured and executed by electric chair in 1956.

Officer Mize is buried in East View Cemetery, East Atlanta, DeKalb County, Georgia.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1956

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My name is Les Hubbard. I was married to Officer Mize' wife's(Vola Cosby Mize) niece, Charlotte LaVerne (nee
Bailey)Hubbard. I was very familiar with Officer Mize' untimely death. Story goes that Mize' killer was more than a little roughed-up upon his apprehension, and that Jimmy's wife Vola attended the killer's execution in 1956. Officer Mize was very well-liked within his department and the community and his wife, Vola never got over his death. She eventually remarried to a Mr Paul Lazenby, but on her death she was interred next to Jimmy. To my knowledge, they never had any children

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