Detective Samuel Milton Guy

Detective Samuel Milton Guy

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, January 7, 1975

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Samuel Milton Guy

Detective Guy was shot and killed while moonlighting at a local hotel. He confronted two men who were robbing the cashier and was shot in the shoulder and thigh. The suspects then stole his pistol and $275 from the register. The suspects remained free for 24 years until an anonymous tipster confirmed evidence implicating them.

Both suspects were arrested in 1999 and charged with murder. In April 2002 one of the suspects was found guilty of assault with intent to rob and sentenced to 12 years. That suspect also turned state's witness against the other suspect, who was convicted of murder and faces life in prison.

Detective Guy had been with the agency for 19 years. He was survived by his wife and son, also an officer with the agency when he was killed, and two daughters.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Arrested after 24 years

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I never met Detective Guy, but did have the privilege of meeting his son, APD Officer David Guy, during his time of residency at the former estate of the “Larry” Dean Gardens where he handled security. David shared stories of his dad’s career with APD and I sadly recalled having previously been aware of his family tragedy when I was 20 years old. Too many people today have no clue as to the daily risks associated with being in law enforcement, it is THE most underrated field a person could choose to follow, along with all of our First Responders.

Detention Officer P Woodward
City of Smyrna, Georgia

December 18, 2018

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