Guard Clarence Cox

Guard Clarence Cox

Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, November 8, 1943

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Clarence Cox

Guard Clarence Cox was shot and killed during an escape attempt from the state prison road camp in Douglas, Georgia.

A prison trustee used his privilege to access a prison office, where he obtained a gun. He held several employees at gunpoint, which allowed 10 additional inmates to raid the camp arsenal and steal seven shotguns and all of the ammunition.

As the group attempted to flee they ordered Guard Cox to drop his gun. He was then shot in the abdomen by a blast from a shotgun as he opened fire on the escapees. He was transported to a local hospital where he died the following day.


  • Age 57
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, November 7, 1943
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Arrested

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Officer Cox,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Georgia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol

November 8, 2018

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