Police Officer J. C. Parks

Police Officer J. C. Parks

Danville Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, September 7, 1883

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J. C. Parks

Officer J. C. Parks was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for threatening his wife with a pistol. The victim's son had notified Officer Parks of the disturbance and brought him to the residence.

As Officer Parks reached the house the man began to pull out the pistol. Officer Parks reached out to grab the gun, but the man fired, striking Officer Parks in the abdomen. Despite being seriously wounded, the two struggled for a short time, until the suspect was subdued by others.

The suspect was acquitted of Officer Parks' murder the following month under the premise that Officer Parks did not have a warrant to arrest him.

Officer Parks had served with the Danville Police Department for three years.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, September 6, 1883
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Officer Parks,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Danville.


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September 7, 2023

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