Deputy Sheriff Joe Kenneth Cosby

Deputy Sheriff Joe Kenneth Cosby

Panola County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, September 30, 1988

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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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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Cosby. You were a hero of integrity and humility.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 6, 2019

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