Chief George F. Campbell

Chief George F. Campbell

Johnson City Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, September 16, 1914

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George F. Campbell

Chief Campbell was shot and killed as he and one of his officers attempted to arrest a man for beating his wife. As the two approached the man's home the man fired one shot, striking Chief Campbell in the forehead. The suspect fled but was caught by the other officer a short distance away. He was charged and jailed for murder. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. On October 25, 1915, he and 17 other prisoners escaped from the Knoxville Jail. Five days later he was captured near Norton, Virginia. Two months later his sentence was commuted to life.

Chief Campbell was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 53
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace and know that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 16, 2020

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