Special Deputy Sheriff Larry Lee Mulkey

Special Deputy Sheriff Larry Lee Mulkey

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, January 10, 1972

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Larry Lee Mulkey

Special Deputy Sheriff Larry Mulkey and Chief Deputy James Cantrell were shot and killed during a traffic stop of a burglary suspect on US 19, south of Cumming.

Chief Deputy Cantrell and Special Deputy Mulkey had stopped a vehicle he had seen the previous night, leaving a country club that had been discovered burglarized later in the day. During the traffic stop, the suspects were able to disarm Chief Deputy Cantrell. He was handcuffed before he and Reserve Deputy Mulkey were forced into the patrol car's trunk. Once in the trunk, the suspects fatally shot them both.

Before approaching the vehicle, one of the deputies had written down the license plate number on a piece of paper. The evidence led to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

It was later determined that the suspects were prison escapees and had made a pact together to kill any officers who stopped them.

Special Deputy Mulkey was a volunteer with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. He was survived by his parents.

The stretch from Highway 9 to Ronald Reagan Boulevard was renamed “Deputy Bill Cantrell Memorial Road.” The portion from Highway 9 to Hutchinson Road was renamed “Larry Mulkey Memorial Road.”


  • Age 19
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted

traffic stop, escapee

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Praying for the family of Larry. His life was taken at such a young age, but he will live on as a brave officer for years to come.

Libby Smalley

April 18, 2023

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