Police Officer James Russell Sorrow

Police Officer James Russell Sorrow

Greenville Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, September 19, 1996

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James Russell Sorrow

Officer James Sorrow was shot and killed while attempting to serve a felony warrant on a 20-year-old subject.

The suspect fled on foot and was pursued by Officer Sorrow. During the chase the suspect ambushed him from behind a shed. The suspect shot Officer Sorrow numerous times, striking him twice in the face, buttocks, and four times in the back of the head.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison October 30, 1997.

Officer Sorrow had served with the Greenville Police Department for 4 years. He is survived by his wife and five month old son.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life w/out parole

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I just found this, i thought the world of Russ. i had just been on with the city just over year.
I remember that day like yesterday. Russ and i had court that day and he was late. After court
we walked outside and he told me he just bought a truck. We talked a little longer and he said he was going to serve a warrant. I asked if he wanted me to go with him but he said no he was going to the clock restaurant and then going to find the guy. That was the last time i saw him. I made down to Jackie Mauldin's on stone to meet another officer and that's when everything went down. After that day i was never the same. I always wonder if i had gone with him would it had been different. I miss him very much and will never forget him or that day.

David hannon
Greenville sc

March 10, 2023

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