Sergeant James B. Clark

Sergeant James B. Clark

Lipscomb Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, July 12, 1957

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James B. Clark

Sergeant Clark was shot and killed after he stopped a car suspected of hauling bootleg liquor. He was shot with his service revolver during a scuffle with the suspect. The 17 year-old suspect was apprehended two days later by two state troopers in Byhalia, Mississippi. He had Sergeant Clark's service revolver in his possession when arrested.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death on October 8, 1957. He was later awarded a retrial and again was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death on December 9, 1969. The suspect, who always maintained that the gun went off accidentally, was awarded a third trial in 1972 which resulted in an acquittal.

Sergeant Clark had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Released in 1972

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Barney had two children. Shirley Ann Green/Clark and Doloris Green/Clark , Shirley married Charles Gray and raised 6 children who all had your grand there is 19 grand children and 9 great grand children .Momma turned 74 on March 9th 2014 and we still honor you today for the sacrifices you made.... Barney was a Echota Cherokee and we are still proud of our herritage are still missed and your Great grand daughter got to see who you were and still are in our hearts and minds thinking of you always


Joseph Gray

May 3, 2014

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