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Chief of Police James C. Pope | Harlan Police Department, Kentucky Harlan Police Department, Kentucky

Chief of Police

James C. Pope

Harlan Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 28, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Chief James Pope was shot and killed as he and an officer attempted to arrest two men who were creating a disturbance at a home on Cumberland Avenue.

Chief Pope had been summoned to home from court, where he was testifying in a trial. When he arrived at the home with the other officer, they were confronted by the father of one of the men creating the disturbance. The father told the chief that he would bring the two men down to the court shortly. As they discussed this, one of the men came downstairs holding a gun. The officer with Chief Pope immediately began to struggle with the man as the second man came into the room from the basement.

Shots were exchanged and Chief Pope, the first suspect, and the father were all killed. The second suspect fled the scene.

Chief Pope was a US Army veteran. He was survived by his wife.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 89th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
November 28, 2011


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