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Sergeant James D. Shepherd | Oregon State Police, Oregon Oregon State Police, Oregon


James D. Shepherd

Oregon State Police, Oregon

End of Watch: Thursday, May 22, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 23 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sergeant James Shepherd was shot and killed by a lone assailant while on patrol in rural Clatsop County at approximately 1900 hours. The suspect was apprehended, plead guilty, and sentenced to life.

Sergeant Shepherd had been with the agency for 23 years and was commander of the Astoria Patrol Office. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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As I am preparing to watch my youngest son graduate from high school, I think of you and know that you are watching over all of us. I am confident that you are helping to guide all 3 of my kids, your grandchildren, on their paths in life. I wish so much you could be here with us to share these moments together.... Love you Dad.

June 7, 2016


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