Sheriff John Macon Poag

Sheriff John Macon Poag

Tate County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Wednesday, April 12, 1905

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John Macon Poag

Sheriff John Poag was shot and killed by a mob of masked men who entered his jail for the purpose of liberating a murder suspect. The sheriff's order that the men leave was met with a refusal, whereupon Sheriff Poag fired, wounding one man. The mob returned fire killing the sheriff, and then left without the prisoner.

Eventually 13 men were charged with Sheriff Poag's murder. Newspapers of that day reported that most if not all escaped punishment.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Sheriff Poag your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to Tate County and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow LE brother!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D

April 12, 2016

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