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Policeman James J. Duffy | Charleston Police Department, South Carolina Charleston Police Department, South Carolina


James J. Duffy

Charleston Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Sunday, July 16, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Pardoned in 1921

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Policeman James Duffy was shot and killed while responding to a call for assistance from another officer. The other officer was attempting to arrest a group of people who were causing a disturbance while joyriding in a hack.

As Policeman Duffy approached the hack one of the men inside opened fire on him with a .38 caliber pistol, striking him twice.

The suspects were taken into custody by other officers. The shooter was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. On November 1, 1921, he was pardoned by Governor Robert Cooper who stated he had his doubts as to who did the shooting.

Policeman Duffy had served with the agency for 6 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters and is buried in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.

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I am so mortified to read that a murderer, especially a "cop" murderer was released in five short years. This memorial site has made it possible for unsung heroes of many, many years to finally be given notice, not only by their family, their agency, but by all who are intrigued enough to learn about our law enforcement history and its' loss, and those brave men and eventually women who gave that sacrifice. My heart goes out to any extended family that may still be alive. I personally thank you for your family's sacrifice. Continue to RIP Brother of Blue. The Watch Is Handled By Brothers and Sisters of Blue Now.

Ret. Detective S. P. Halbritter
July 17, 2015


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