Town Marshal Freeman O. Epps

Town Marshal Freeman O. Epps

Arabi Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, July 9, 1938

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Freeman O. Epps

Town Marshal Freeman Epps was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for being drunk in public.

During the arrest, the man pulled a small pistol from his pocket and shot Marshal Epps in the neck and chest. Despite being mortally wounded Marshal Epps was able to return fire and severely wounded the subject. An angry mob formed around the unconscious man and then lynched him by pouring gasoline on him and setting him on fire.


  • Age 61
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Lynched by mob


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Thank you for your service and please know that on this 82nd anniversary of your heroic and untimely departure, your sacrifice will always be remembered. Rest in peace always

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 9, 2020

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