Patrolman Aaron Liberty, Jr.

Patrolman Aaron Liberty, Jr.

Woodville Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Saturday, June 14, 1969

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Aaron Liberty, Jr.

Patrolman Liberty was shot and killed while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a man in a local bar.

Patrolman Liberty and his partner were forced to leave when several men interfered with their attempt to arrest the man. As they dealt with an unruly mob outside the bar, shots rang out from a nearby alley. Patrolman Liberty, shot four times in the back, managed to return fire, wounding a man who would later be charged with his murder.

The suspect, 47, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. In 1973 he was released from prison when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that his trial was mishandled. Another man confessed to the murder and then repudiated his confession. The judge refused to allow the suspect's attorney question the subject.


  • Age 57
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Released in 1973

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Patrolman Liberty,
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 Woodville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

June 14, 2019

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