Private James Foley

Private James Foley

Savannah Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, April 7, 1866

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James Foley

Private James Foley and Private Edward McNichols were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man on the corner of Liberty and Broad Street in Savannah.

Around 11:00 p.m., a drunk off-duty police officer was brandishing his weapon after exiting a bar room. When Private Foley and Private McNichols attempted to take him into custody, the man shot both officers, who died instantly. He fired at another officer, with the bullet grazing his neck, but the officer was able to subdue and arrest him.

The subject was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years.

Private Foley had served with the Savannah Police Department for three months. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender 10 years for manslaughter

alcohol violation, arrest attempt, weapons violation

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