Policeman James B. "Jim" Wiggins

Policeman James B. "Jim" Wiggins

Chattanooga Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, April 28, 1879

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James B. "Jim" Wiggins

Policeman Wiggins was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call at a local brothel. Two men were arrested and taken to jail but a third man opened fire, killing Policeman Wiggins. The shooter was apprehended but later escaped from jail and was never recaptured.

Policeman Wiggins was survived by his wife and six children. He was a Confederate Civil War Veteran, having served as an assistant surgeon with the 47th Georgia Regiment.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Escaped from jail

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Officer Wiggins,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chattanooga. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

April 28, 2019

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