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 the woman 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 agency 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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A great man and officer that was highly respected in the community.

Mark Swicord

August 19, 2014

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