Chief of Police James Howard Emerson

Chief of Police James Howard Emerson

Warwick Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, October 25, 1968

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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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Chief Emerson,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of of Warwick. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 25, 2018

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