Patrolman John A. Tibbs

Patrolman John A. Tibbs

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, October 20, 1940

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John A. Tibbs

Patrolman John Tibbs was shot and killed after surprising suspects planning a burglary of a clothing store in the 700 block of West Broad Street.

His body was located in the vacant store building after failing to check in with dispatchers at 5 pm. Investigators found a hole in the wall of the vacant building leading to the clothing store, and they believe the suspects were watching the store, planning to rob it.

The suspects were never identified.

Patrolman Tibbs had been with the Richmond Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife, four daughters, son, father, sister, and brother.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 113

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never identified

burglary, foot patrol

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Rest in peace Patrolman Tibbs.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 13, 2022

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