Police Officer James W. Stokes

Police Officer James W. Stokes

Columbus Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, May 22, 1920

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James W. Stokes

Police Officer James Stokes and Police Officer Charles Harvey were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspected liquor runner at the corner of 5th Avenue and 16th Street.

The suspect produced a handgun and shot both officers. Officer Harvey died at the scene and Officer Stokes died of his wounds two days later.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested a few days later. He was sentenced to death for the murders and later executed.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, May 20, 1920
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed

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Officer Stokes,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Columbus.


United States Border Patrol

May 22, 2020

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