Lieutenant James M. West, Sr.

Lieutenant James M. West, Sr.

Decatur County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, October 28, 1980

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James M. West, Sr.

Lieutenant James West was stabbed to death by a female mental patient.

The woman's family had requested assistance in transporting her to a state mental hospital and Lieutenant West responded to the home. The woman was committed to a state hospital.

Lieutenant West had served with the Decatur County Sheriff's Office for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 685-C

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Committed


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Lieutenant James M. West Sr. will never be forgotten. Thank you for your devotion to service. May your soul rest in Heaven.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

March 1, 2021

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