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Officer James Lonnie Mize | DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

Officer

James Lonnie Mize

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, February 6, 1954

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Executed in 1956

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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.


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RIP Brother. Your sacrifice was not in vain.


PS: To any family that may see this. I'm a Trooper and 2nd Generation police officer in GA. I would love to talk to you about Officer Mize and see how we may be related.

Tpr. Luke Mize
GSP P-32 Athens
June 28, 2014

 

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