Special Agent in Charge John T. King, III

Special Agent in Charge John T. King, III

Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, September 13, 1985

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John T. King, III

SAC John King was shot and killed at a gun shop while attempting to serve a bench warrant for the arrest of a suspect in a homicide investigation.

The suspect was shot and killed by another GBI agent who was on the scene with SAC King. The suspect was transported to an area hospital and died later that same evening.

SAC King had been in law enforcement for 21 years. He was survived by his wife and three daughters.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 16

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I did not know John King but I know his brother in law who was affected from his murder. I am getting up in age now, and I believe we should show more respect for our enforcement officers. I am totally against recent movements who try to get Police Officers convicted of murder while in the line of duty. I believe we should have laws which should make it almost impossible to try a policeman for a crime allegedly committed in the line of duty. Almost impossible are the key words in this statement. I am sure there is an occasional case where it is apparent to all involved that he has abused his Authority. I think showing respect for the officer at the start of a confrontation can be done in such a way that a peaceful outcome would almost be guaranteed.

Jim McLeod

April 28, 2021

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