Chief of Police James W. Ethridge

Chief of Police James W. Ethridge

Branchville Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, June 30, 1951

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James W. Ethridge

Chief James Ethridge was shot to death as he entered a cafe near the Branchville Depot where he went to quell a disturbance.

A 22 year-old man went into a rage and opened fire with a shotgun when the cafe juke box failed to play the record he had selected. Chief Ethridge and a bystander were killed instantly. Five other persons were wounded, including a five-year-old boy. Shortly after the shooting the suspect surrendered to a state trooper.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and executed in the electric chair on November 16, 1951.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1951

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
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GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 4, 2015

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