Patrolman James Franklin Marchbanks

Patrolman James Franklin Marchbanks

Savannah Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, June 30, 1976

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James Franklin Marchbanks

Patrolman James Marchbanks was shot and killed after encountering a man carrying a .22 caliber rifle in a park at West Broad Street and Victory Drive. As Patrolman Marchbanks approached the man to question him the man took cover behind a tree and shot Patrolman Marchbanks twice. Patrolman Marchbanks was able to return fire but did not strike the suspect.

Patrolman Marchbanks was found a short time later and succumbed to his wounds while being transported to the hospital.

The suspect, who was on parole for a murder in Chicago, was apprehended two months later and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Patrolman Marchbanks had been with the agency for five years and was survived by his expectant wife.

Bio

  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 0073

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I remember that day so well. Jimmy you have never been forgotten. So many life's changed that day. You are always in my heart. Miss you dearly as I know so many others that grieved and still grieving. I'm still living where you was raised and spent your last day on earth.

Foster Sister Laura Jeffcoat

June 5, 2019

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