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Sep. 13, 1954
Caucasian Male / 40 yrs. of age
West Frankfort Police Dept.
Homicide - Gun
On The Job:
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Mon. Sep. 13, 1954
Night Chief James Paulk was shot and killed while investigating reports of a man being shoved into a taxi by another man.
As he and another officer were at the scene of the incident, the witnesses observed the cab driving on Illinois Route 37 and pointed it out to the officers. Night Chief Paulk and the other officer stopped the cab and as they approached the cab, the driver opened fire, striking Night Chief Paulk in the heart.
Night Chief Paulk and the other officer returned fire but did not strike the suspect. The suspect had stolen the cab from the regular driver, who was seated in the passenger seat. The man fled the scene but was later arrested.
Night Chief Paulk had served with the West Frankfort Police Department for five years.