Special Policeman John Gibby

Special Policeman John Gibby

Southern Railway Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, February 28, 1913

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John Gibby

Special Policeman John Gibby was shot and killed by two tramps he attempted to arrest.

Policeman Gibby was on duty in the railroad yard at Cornelia, Georgia, when the crew of an incoming freight train reported that two tramps on the train had defied all efforts to put them off. As soon as the train stopped, Policeman Gibby arrested both men. As he was handcuffing one, the other snatched his pistol and shot him twice.

Later in the day, a posse captured both suspects on Griffin Mountain. As the posse escorted the suspects back to Cornelia, they were surrounded by a mob of masked men who took the suspects and hanged them from a telegraph pole.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Georgia
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Lynched


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RIP Sir, the railroad made America what is is today

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 28, 2012

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