Chief of Police James Shumate

Chief of Police James Shumate

LaFollette Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, February 20, 1898

Add to My Heroes

James Shumate

Chief Shumate was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an intoxicated man. During the arrest the suspect produced a revolver and shot Chief Shumate. Despite being mortally wounded, the chief was able to raise to his knees and shot the suspect four times, killing him.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge CHIEF

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

Most Recent Reflection

View all 5 Reflections

Chief Shumate,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of LaFollette.


United States Border Patrol

February 20, 2023

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.