Chief of Police Henry Grady Sammons

Chief of Police Henry Grady Sammons

Damascus Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, September 1, 1937

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Henry Grady Sammons

Chief Henry Sammons succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while attempting to make an arrest.

He had been called to a local sawmill to arrest an employee who had come to work drunk. When the chief approached the employee, the man produced a handgun and shot the chief in the stomach.

Despite being mortally wounded, Chief Sammons was able to return fire and killed the suspect.

Chief Sammons, a WWI Army veteran, was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, August 31, 1937
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Chief Grady Sammons is my great uncle. Our family takes great pride in the sacrifice and bravery of his service. It should also be noted that he served with honor in the United States Army during World War One.

James Marion Sammons
Great Nephew

May 9, 2019

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