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Detective Sergeant James Lloyd Allen | Providence Police Department, Rhode Island Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

Detective Sergeant

James Lloyd Allen

Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch: Sunday, April 17, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 27 years

Badge # 297

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Detective Sergeant James Allen was attacked and shot with his own service weapon while questioning a suspect about the stabbing and robbery of an 86-year-old woman earlier in the afternoon.

The attack took place at approximately 0100 hours inside the Providence Police Department headquarters.

The suspect was not under arrest and his handcuffs had been removed during the questioning. After shooting Detective Allen, the suspect shot out a third floor window and jumped from the building. He was captured a few blocks away and charged with one count of murder. He was found guilty of murder and subsequently sentenced to life in prison on October 10, 2006.

Detective Sergeant Allen had served with the agency for 27 years and was posthumously promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and father, who is a retired police captain.

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You gave 27 years of your life to make others safer. You are an inspiration to us all, and may the Lord truly bless your loved ones. Rest in peace my brave brother.

Sgt. Barton
Garden City PD
April 5, 2016


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