Special Officer James E. Travis

Special Officer James E. Travis

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, February 24, 1922

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James E. Travis

Special Officer James Travis succumbed to wounds sustained the previous night when he was shot with his own service weapon while attempting to arrest a subject near his home on the 400 block of Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Officer Travis was off duty but went to investigate a disturbance at a store down the street from his home. As a result he attempted to arrest one of the men involved. After placing his gun back in its holster and handcuffing the suspect, the subject was able to grab the officer's service revolver and shot him twice. The shooting was witnessed by Officer Travis' wife, who was standing on their front porch.

The suspect fled the scene after the shooting. Officer Travis was transported to Grady Hospital where he died the following evening.

Officer Travis had been appointed as a special officer until the next meeting of the police election board. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 23, 1922
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Special Officer Travis, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 28, 2020

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