Sergeant James Amos Meeks

Sergeant James Amos Meeks

Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi

End of Watch Tuesday, September 12, 1972

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James Amos Meeks

Sergeant James Meeks was shot and killed by an inmate at the Mississippi State Penitentiary.

The inmate had been assigned to a work detail at Sergeant Meeks' home, which was located inside the prison complex. When Sergeant Meeks arrived home at the end of his shift, the inmate attacked him, gained control of his service revolver, and shot him. He was apprehended a short time later by a state trooper and a correctional officer.

The inmate, who was serving a life sentence for the murder of a Chinese merchant in 1969, was convicted of first-degree murder and received another life sentence on March 1st, 1973.

Sergeant Meeks was a United States Marine Corps veteran who served with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

at home, escape attempt

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Sgt. Meeks,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC-especially during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Gunny!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

September 12, 2022

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