Deputy Sheriff John R. Klem, III

Deputy Sheriff John R. Klem, III

Forrest County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Monday, September 30, 1985

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John R. Klem, III

Deputy Klem succumbed to gunshot wounds received two weeks earlier while searching a subject. He had responded to a call at a convenience store about a man bothering the two female clerks at 0055 hours. When Deputy Klem arrived he recognized the suspect as being involved in an incident the previous night. As he patted the man down the suspect suddenly attacked him. The man gained control of Deputy Klem's weapon and shot him twice. Deputy Klem was transported to Forrest General Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The suspect was arrested and sentenced to life in prison.
Deputy Klem had been with the agency for 13 years and was survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Forrest-20

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 15, 1985
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I worked with John at JCJC and he was an amazing individual: teacher, pastor, craftsman, police officer. I still have custom frames that he build for me. My husband took every class John taught at Jones. John Klem is the reason my husband finally pursued his passion for history and has been a high school teacher for the last 17 years. To quote Clarence in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” "Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives, and when he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?" John Klem touched many lives. He is still missed.

Rebecca Patrick
Friend and colleague

May 18, 2018

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