Patrolman Jonah Darrell Cox

Patrolman Jonah Darrell Cox

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, February 23, 1974

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Jonah Darrell Cox

Patrolman Jonah Cox was shot and killed when he intervened in a disturbance outside of a night club while off duty. When he identified himself as a police officer one of the men fled on foot with Patrolman Cox in pursuit.

The man pulled out a gun and shot Patrolman Cox as he caught him in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant at 3618 Bardstown Road.

Both men were charged with murder but accepted plea bargains, after a mistrial, to lesser charges and were sentenced to jail. The killer got two years for voluntary manslaughter.

Patrolman Cox served with the Louisville Police Department for less than two and a half years and was survived by his daughter.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 2 years, 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 2 years

off duty

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Jonah Cox was working on my platoon at the time of his death. My entire platoon was devastated and went as a group to his funeral service. RIP BROTHER!

Rondal A Birge (Sergeant Retired) LPD
Louisville Police, KY

January 10, 2021

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