Deputy Sheriff James Louis Anderson, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff James Louis Anderson, Jr.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, January 14, 2010

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James Louis Anderson, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff James Anderson was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle on I-295, near Baymeadows Road in Jacksonville. The driver of the vehicle that struck him was driving in the wrong lane of traffic when the crash occurred.

Deputy Anderson was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver who struck him was charged convicted of DUI manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, and DUI property damage. He was subsequently sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Deputy Anderson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office for two years and had previously served with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office for three years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 3512
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 years

wrong way driver

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James, ten years have passed since the night you died and, while I'm a decade older, I remember it like yesterday. Your sacrifice certainly left an impression on me at my young age and at the start of my life in public service. Your death shaped the officer I became, and I feel I have left a positive impact on my agencies, community, and co-workers since then. I have arrested hundreds of drunk drivers this past decade, each one in your name, and I honestly believe I have saved lives because of it.

I wish your family peace, I extend them my deepest sympathies, and send you the love of my family and myself. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace, brother.

Detective Jon Vanik
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

January 14, 2020

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