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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Today I met an old friend at the OK Cafe. She and I reminisced back to the time when the older part of the restaurant was Russell Stover Candies, my first job. Then we spoke of Bruce. As often as possible Bruce tried to be there when I locked up alone at night. He was as kind and personable as everyone on this post has said. He even agreed to be my guest speaker at my Social Studies class at Northside High School. This was a huge favor to me since my original speaker was a no show, a young man running for mayor named Maynard Jackson. When I heard about Bruce’s death on the news, I was in shock and am still saddened by such an enormous loss for everyone who knew him and for our city.

Mary Beth Nichols

July 21, 2020

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