Police Officer John Milledge

Police Officer John Milledge

Miami Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, November 1, 1946

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John Milledge

Officer John Milledge was shot and killed as he stood near the entrance to Dorsey Park in Overtown.

Officer Milledge had chased several youths away from the park when he caught them trying to climb over the fence to watch a high school football game. The suspects went to one of the boy's home, retrieved a .22 caliber rifle, and returned to the scene. They saw Officer Milledge standing by the entrance and one of the boys shot him in the throat, killing him. The suspect fled to New York City and remained at large for 43 years. He was arrested in 1989 and served 19 months in pre-trial confinement and was then freed, and died on December 24, 2008.

Officer Milledge had been employed with the Miami Police Department for four years and was one the agency's first black full-time officers. He was survived by his wife and is buried in Capernaum Cemetery, Denmark, Bamberg County, South Carolina.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Served 19 months

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Rest in peace Officer Milledge. Forever a Miami police hero.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 14, 2018

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