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Police Officer James Charles Boswell | Houston Police Department, Texas Houston Police Department, Texas

Police Officer

James Charles Boswell

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, December 9, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 2400

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Executed in 2002

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Officer James Boswell was shot and killed by a man who claimed to be a DEA informer. Officer Boswell and his partner were on a traffic stop when the man, unrelated to the traffic stop, came up and began to knock on the officer's window. Officer Boswell rolled down the window and told the man to wait on the sidewalk. The man then began knocking on the window again and was again told to wait. The man then began banging on the roof and window a third time.

Fearing the man would break the glass Officer Boswell exited the cruiser and told the man to wait down the street or he would be put in the cruiser. As he looked away to unlock the cruiser the man pulled out a .38 caliber handgun and shot him in the head. The suspect began to run but was shot in the side by Officer Boswell's partner. The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The man was executed on November 19, 2002.

Officer Boswell had been with the agency for five years and was survived by his parents, sister, and three brothers.

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Boz was a great friend of mine and everybody who knew him. I remember him as having a photographic memory. He would look at stacks of suspects wanted photo's and while on patrol he would spot them immediately. He would remember their names and what they were wanted for. That was the type of Officer Boz I would never forget. A true Police Officer I will always miss.......

Sr. P.O. R Pedraza
January 12, 2017


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