Officer Philip Bruce Mathis

Officer Philip Bruce Mathis

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, April 26, 1985

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Philip Bruce Mathis

Officer Mathis was shot and killed while moonlighting as a security guard at Lenox Square Mall. He was shot as he entered a storage room and surprised a possible burglar.

Officer Mathis had been with the agency for 15 years. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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I was 21 years old when I was assigned to APD Zone 1. Bruce was one of my FTOs. He was a veteran officer with exceptional skills and a great sense of humor. Bruce was a kind, caring and professional officer that never met a stranger.
Thank you sir for your friendship and service. God Bless your family and friends. Rest in Peace my friend and FTO.

Deputy Chief P.G. Gainey (Retired)
DeKalb County Ga. Police Department

December 31, 2018

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