Family, friends and local law enforcement officers remember Shirley B. Winston

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Law enforcement officers from every agency in the valley came together to remember one of their own on her death anniversary.

24 years ago Columbus police officer Shirley B. Winston was killed in the line of duty by a fellow officer who was in a scuffle with a man trying to commit suicide.

"The shotgun accidentally discharged during that altercation and struck officer Winston in an area just below her vest," Police Chief Ricky Boren said.

Winston was Columbus' first female and black officer to be killed in the line of duty.

Her best friend Lt. Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick and her daughter Vanessia Blanding both remember Winston as a loving woman.

"I miss those daily conversations,  we use to rotate shifts so every rotation we would celebrate and I just miss talking to her," Dent-Fitzpatrick said. 

"I miss her presence, I don't have the opportunity to call her up during the happy moments and even the sad moments. Not having here is what I miss the most," Blanding said.

During the ceremony Dent-Fitzpatrick and Blanding put a wreath of flowers at Winston's memorial at the Bibb City Triangle.  

This memorial was put on by the Columbus Black History Museum.

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