Policeman Oscar Tolbert

Policeman Oscar Tolbert

Tallapoosa Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, May 23, 1919

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Oscar Tolbert

Policeman Tolbert was shot and killed while observing several people in a store, after it had closed, drinking illegal liquor. When store owner's son discovered him watching him and his friends he fired four shots from a rifle from within the store through the front door. As Policeman Tolbert returned fire, a bullet passed through the door and killed him.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Tolbert,
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 Tallapoosa.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

May 23, 2019

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