Police Officer James Corbett Coleman

Police Officer James Corbett Coleman

Glynn County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, December 22, 1941

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James Corbett Coleman

Police Officer James Coleman and Assistant Chief George Krauss were shot and killed after arresting two drunk males at a local bar. The two officers had been sent to the bar after receiving reports that two truckers were drunk and causing a disturbance.

As Officer Coleman walked the two suspects to the police car the bar owner began arguing with Assistant Chief Krauss. Assistant Chief Krauss broke off the argument and started walking towards the car and Officer Coleman. The bar owner suddenly opened fire on Assistant Chief Krauss. The round went through him, killing him instantly, and then struck Officer Coleman in the stomach.

Officer Coleman then returned fire, fatally wounding the suspect, but was also struck again in the hand and shoulder. Officer Coleman was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds five days later.

Officer Coleman was survived by his wife, three sons, and daughter. He was buried in Palmetto Cemetery.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, December 17, 1941
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Officer Coleman,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Glynn County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 22, 2021

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