Sheriff James Vardman Polk

Sheriff James Vardman Polk

Marion County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, April 22, 1960

James Vardman Polk

Sheriff Polk was shot and killed from ambush while returning home. He and a deputy had returned his home after arresting a woman for bootlegging following a series of raids.

As Sheriff Polk walked onto his porch he was shot by a man hiding in nearby woods. The deputy returned fire as the suspect fled.

The ensuing investigation revealed that the county's major bootlegger had hired another man to kill Sheriff Polk in retaliation for the sheriff's effort to clean up the county. The suspect who fired the fatal shot was charged with murder and several other people were charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Sheriff Polk had served with the agency for 8 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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Sheriff Polk your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to Marion County and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace Sheriff!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D

April 22, 2016

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