Deputy Sheriff Joe Kenneth Cosby

Deputy Sheriff Joe Kenneth Cosby

Panola County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, September 30, 1988

Joe Kenneth Cosby

Deputy Cosby was shot and killed while transporting a prisoner from the jail. The prisoner attempted to flee and during the ensuing struggle the man gained control of Deputy Cosby's weapon and shot him.

The suspect was convicted and sentenced to three life sentences.

Deputy Cosby was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge P-5

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to the Citizens of and Panola County! Continue to Rest in Peace Deputy Cosbyr.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D

September 30, 2015

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