Officer Robert L. Massey

Officer Robert L. Massey

Brunswick Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, April 13, 1890

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Robert L. Massey

Officer Massey was shot and killed by a man who refused to pay a $2.00 fine imposed by the court. As the man turned to walk out of the court Officer Massey put his hand on the man's shoulder. The suspect suddenly turned and shot Officer Massey in the chest. As Officer Massey stumbled away he was shot again in the back. Other officers immediately began to struggle with the suspect, who was able to wound another officer before being taken into custody. Officer Massey succumbed to his wounds the following day.

Officer Massey was survived by his wife and child. An emergency session of the city council appropriated $1,000 for support his widow.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 12, 1890
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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Officer Massey,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Brunswick. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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