Chief of Police W. H. Forrest

Chief of Police W. H. Forrest

Cordele Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, February 16, 1909

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W. H. Forrest

Chief Forrest was assassinated outside of a hotel in Cordele. The gunman immediately surrendered to the sheriff.

The suspect was the son of the previous police chief who held the office for many years, having only recently been defeated by Chief Forrest for the office. On May 27, 1909, the suspect, 18, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was paroled on August 3, 1915.

Chief Forrest was survived by his wife and two children.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 1915

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Chief Forrest,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cordele.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 16, 2019

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