Sergeant James Amos Meeks

Sergeant James Amos Meeks

Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi

End of Watch Tuesday, September 12, 1972

Add to My Heroes

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 survived by his wife and six children. He was a retired U.S. Marine gunnery sergeant.


  • 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

Most Recent Reflection

View all 11 Reflections

Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 12, 2020

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.