Officer Shirley Denise Winston

Officer Shirley Denise Winston

Columbus Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, December 31, 1990

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Shirley Denise Winston

Officer Winston was accidentally shot and killed when her partner's shotgun discharged as the partner struggled with a suspect at Linden Point and Poplar Street. Officer Winston was approaching the two to assist the other officer when the shotgun was fired. The blast struck her directly below her bulletproof vest. She died of her wounds a short time later.

Officer Winston had been with the agency for 4 years and was survived by her husband and three children.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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This is the first time I felt empowered to leave a message on this page. In two months it will be thirty-one years since I talked to you. Life goes on but not without its void of missing you on a daily basis. Your children are grown and you have seven beautiful grandchildren. May God grant you eternal peace and keep smiling my friend. You will never be forgotten in our hearts

J. Dent-Fitzpatrick, Assistant Chief
Columbus, Georgia Police Department

September 25, 2021

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