Chief of Police Milwood L. Stokes

Chief of Police Milwood L. Stokes

Whigham Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, April 6, 1980

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Milwood L. Stokes

Chief Milwood Stokes was shot and killed following a high speed chase through town. He and a city councilman were sitting in his patrol car when they observed a truck speed past them. They attempted to stop the truck and chased it until it stopped at a home. As Chief Stokes approached the man opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with bird shot, fatally wounding Chief Stokes. He then shot and wounded the councilman as he ran for help.

The suspect was taken into custody a short time later. He was convicted of murdering Chief Stokes and sentenced to life in prison.

Chief Stokes had served with the agency for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and nine children.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Will never forget it all. Working with you as your Lt. Laughing with you! That terrible night at my police dept. we heard it over the radio then the phone call came in. I sunk in my chair. Had to be strong and take my wife to hospital where u passed. Cried with family. Watched the longest funeral procession in my life! Always looked up to you. To my Chief, Father in law, Masonic Brother and my Friend. See u again! ❤️

Lt Quinton Finuff
Son in law

April 8, 2019

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