COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Thursday marked 30 years since the untimely passing of Columbus Police Officer Shirley B. Winston.
Winston was killed in the line of duty on New Year’s Eve in 1990. She was responding to a domestic violence call.
Winston arrived after her partner in hopes of providing back up. Once on the scene, she found her partner in a tussle with the suspect. Her partner’s gun accidently discharged and struck Winston under her vest. She later died at the hospital from her wounds. The incident was later deemed accidental.
“Oh my gosh, Shirley and I have had so many long talks when we first started out,” said Assistant Police Chief Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick. “We were both single parents with one daughter and we just helped each other out so much. So, I will always remember her legacy. She always told me this too shall pass.”
“Winston was an excellent officer who gave 100 percent every day,” said Columbus Police Chief Freddie Blackmon.
Winston was survived by her husband, Roderick Winston and their three children.
”It doesn’t seem like it’s been 30 years,” said Roderick Winston. “It really doesn’t. Time has really flown by. It does not feel like it’s been 30 years. She was an excellent police officer! Everybody loved her. She was just a fantastic soul.”
The City of Columbus and Parks and Recreations named Shirley B. Winston Park after the late officer to commemorate her life and honor her legacy.