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Police Officer James Mitchell Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department, North Carolina

Police Officer

James Mitchell "Mitch" Prince

Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 80

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/18/2005

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to death

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Officer James Prince was shot and killed with his own service weapon after making a traffic stop on N.C. 87 at approximately 0100 hours.

During the stop, Officer Prince learned that the suspect was wanted on a probation violation in a neighboring county.

As Officer Prince attempted to arrest the suspect, a struggle ensued. The suspect was able to gain control of the officer's service weapon and shot him three times. Officer Prince was found a short time later by a Southport Police Department officer who had responded to the scene as backup. The suspect later shot at Caswell Beach Police Department and Oak Island Police Department officers who spotted his vehicle. The man was arrested a short time later hiding under a mobile home.

Coincidentally, the county's grand jury was meeting on the day that Officer Prince was murdered. The grand jury indicted the suspect on murder and 10 other felonies within 13 hours of Officer Prince's murder. The suspect was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death.

Officer Prince served as a part-time officer for the 8-person department. He had previously served with the Yaupon Beach Police Department, Oak Island Police Department, and Shallotte Police Department for a total of 6 years. He is survived by his wife, two small children, and parents.

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TO OUR WONDERFUL SON. MOM AND DAD WILL SEE YOU IN HEAVEN. KYLE IS A WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN AND STACEY IS SO BEAUTIFUL. YOU WERE A WONDERFUL FATHER. PEOPLE STILL TALK ABOUT YOU. WE HAD YOUR MEMORIAL JAN.17,2014. RON HEWETT CAME TO PAY HIS RESPECTS, AS SO MANY OTHERS.TIM PITTMAN, TRACEY WHEELER AND RICHARD WHITE. OH SO DID LISA GRAINGER.SO MANY MORE. RIP AND LOVE FROM US

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February 2, 2014

 

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