Sergeant Chester J. Tullos

Sergeant Chester J. Tullos

Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi

End of Watch Thursday, May 18, 1933

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Chester J. Tullos

Sergeant Chester Tullos, a traveling sergeant with the Mississippi State Penitentiary and former sheriff of Smith County, was shot and killed while he and a guard were transporting two inmates from Hattiesburg to the Mississippi State Penitentiary.

While they were driving six miles north of Hattiesburg, one of the inmates grabbed a revolver that had been hidden inside of the vehicle. The prisoner shot Sergeant Tullos and then handcuffed the guard to a nearby tree. They threw Sergeant Tullos's body from the vehicle as they sped away.

One inmate was quickly captured. The shooter, a 26-year-old convicted murderer, was shot and killed six weeks later in Hattiesburg by the Forrest County sheriff and two of his deputies.

Sergeant Tullos had served with the Mississippi Department of Corrections for eight years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Sgt. Tullosyour sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to The State of Mississippi and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, TroopD

May 18, 2016

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