Patrolman James Henry Landrum

Patrolman James Henry Landrum

Louisville Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, February 29, 1956

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James Henry Landrum

Patrolman James Landrum was shot and killed during a traffic stop. The suspect exited his vehicle and opened fire, striking Patrolman Landrum five times.

While being hunted by a posse, the suspect kidnapped a woman and her 11-year-old son and forced them to accompany him on what soon became a wild ride with state troopers in pursuit. Near Waynesboro the suspect fled from his vehicle along with the boy, using him as a human shield. When he suddenly tripped and fell, the boy grabbed his gun and broke free as officers opened fire killing the suspect.

Patrolman Landrum had been with the agency for 13 years and was survived by his four children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I retired last April from the Jacksonville Florida Sheriffs Office (JSO), as a Patrolman with 20 years service. Jim Landrum was my Fathers Uncle & my Grandmothers Brother. I met Jim Landrum's Grandson at my Grandmother Mays funeral and He sent me a copy of the police report. I sent a copy of the report to our Police Academy Staff, and want to say that the Officers involved could not have completed their task, 'To Serve And Protect', any better than they did!
I attended Jim Landrum's funeral, with my Father & Mother, Lamar & Vivian Thigpen, when I was 7 years old. It made a lasting impression on me, and I have always been so proud of my Great Uncle Jim's service. As it says in GOD'S Word in John 15:13, "Greater Love hath no man than this, that a man lay down His life for his friend ! Uncle Jim, You gave your life, here on this earth, for all law abiding, GOD fearing, Brothers & Sisters that came, and will come, behind You ! And, especially in the days we are living now, where Police Officers are hated and are targets of the criminal element in our society; We Salute You, Your Family, and Your Service !!

Larry Thigpen / Patrolman / Retired
Jacksonville Florida Sheriffs Office

September 5, 2015

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