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City Marshal William Aaron James | Texhoma Police Department, Oklahoma Texhoma Police Department, Oklahoma

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William Aaron James

Texhoma Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Sunday, May 20, 1962

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 1 year, 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Marshal William James and Assistant Marshal Joe Hartman were shot and killed by a suspect who had been arrested for being drunk in public. While at city hall the suspect struck Marshal James in the head and escaped. He went home, obtained a 12 gauge shotgun, and returned to the city hall where he shot and killed both officers.

The suspect was convicted of the murders and sentenced to life in prison.

Marshal James had served with the agency for 15 months. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Assistant Marshal Joe Dale Hartman
Texhoma Police Department, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Sunday, May 20, 1962
Cause: Gunfire

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

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May 20, 2015

 

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