Trooper James Mortimer Barry

Trooper James Mortimer Barry

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi

End of Watch Saturday, February 1, 1947

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James Mortimer Barry

Trooper James Barry succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on January 28th, 1947.

He and the Montgomery County sheriff stopped a suspect on Highway 51, south of Winona, to question him about a burglary. The man immediately exited his vehicle and opened fire on the officers, killing Trooper Barry. The sheriff was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Trooper Barry had served with the Mississippi Highway Patrol for two years and was assigned to Troop D. He was survived by his wife and two children.

A section of US Highway 51, near Winona, was dedicated in Trooper Barry's memory.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 60

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 28, 1947
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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I lived in Winona as a young boy when Officer Barry was killed. His widow was my Cub Scout leader. I have tried to remember his name for years but was just now able to find this site and remind me of his name. May he be blessed.

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June 22, 2021

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