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Trooper First Class James Thomas Brammer | West Virginia State Police, West Virginia West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

Trooper First Class

James Thomas Brammer

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, April 15, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 16 years

Badge # 265

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/15/1989

Weapon: Rifle

Suspect: Committed suicide

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Trooper Brammer was shot and killed while he and another officer attempted to serve a warrant on an elderly man for traffic violations. As the officers reached the front door the man's wife informed them he was not home. However, the man was waiting in a bedroom armed with a rifle. The suspect opened fire on the officers, killing Trooper Brammer and wounding his partner. Trooper Brammer's partner was able to return fire and wounded the suspect, who then committed suicide.

Trooper Brammer had served with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Jim was a good, fair man who gave the benefit of the doubt to those he came in contact with through his work, and found the good in people when it was hard to see. More than fair in his dealing with people, and not one to take advantage when he had the upper hand. You couldn't ask for more from a man. He regaled us with stories on occasion of funny things that happened during his work. Enjoyed the conversations he had with others while we were hunting.

Civilian / Kevin H. Wilson
Friend/Neighbor
April 15, 2014

 

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