Chief of Police James Earl Holcombe

Chief of Police James Earl Holcombe

Greenville Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, May 30, 1915

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James Earl Holcombe

Chief James Holcombe succumbed to gunshot wounds received 19 days earlier during a barricade situation.

Another officer had been shot and wounded by the man and Chief Holcombe and other officers attempted to make a forced entry. As they did so the suspect fired through a window, fatally wounding Chief Holcombe. The other officers shot and wounded the suspect who died from his wounds a month later.

Chief Holcombe was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, May 11, 1915
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Deceased

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