Chief of Police James Howard Emerson

Chief of Police James Howard Emerson

Warwick Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, October 25, 1968

James Howard Emerson

Chief James Emerson was shot and killed while investigating the sound of a gunshot while on routine patrol.

He heard the shot as he drove through a residential area of the city and turned around to investigate. He observed a man standing on a porch holding a shotgun and told him to stop. The man then fired at Chief Emerson, killing him.

The killer was arrested a short time later following a manhunt involving several agencies.

Chief Emerson had previously served with the Sylvester Police Department and Bainbridge Police Departments.


  • Age 22
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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I would like to express my condolences. Chief Emerson was a brave man and gave his life protecting his community.I wish I could have met this brave man. I am deeply saddened by this horrible event.

Scyrus Kircher
Mission Hills High School Student

May 6, 2014

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