Killing of Matthew Milton in Georgia in 1944


Case summary

Matthew Milton (1908-1944) was killed by police or prison officers in or outside Pierce County Jail, Blackshear, Georgia. Police officers Pierce W. Farr, W.C. Coggins, J.A. Altman, Clyde Dixon, N.C. Roberts, and Bobbie Lee Whiden had come to arrest Milton, who was wanted for murder in Florida. In the course of the attempted arrest, Farr was fatally shot and Coggins wounded by a Black gunman, whom police alleged was Milton. Milton was apprehended after a manhunt. During his transfer to Pierce County jail, Milton was accused of attacking a guard with an ice pick, for which he was shot multiple times.


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Perpetrator group type: mob, police, posse

Date of incident: 1944-04-09
Location: Blackshear, Pierce County, Georgia
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: murdering a police officer; attacking police with an ice pick during an escape attempt

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