Officer Philip Bruce Mathis

Officer Philip Bruce Mathis

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, April 26, 1985

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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Bruce was my older cousin. My brother Jim and I always looked forward to our visits with Bruce when we were kids. There was never a dull moment when Bruce was around. He was always good for a wild story that made us all laugh.

I now fondly reflect on those memories as my own career in law enforcement is nearing the end. RIP Bruce, you’ll never be forgotten.

Sergeant Charles Mathis
San Jose Police Department

May 24, 2018

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