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Posse Member James Cope | La Salle County Sheriff's Office, Texas La Salle County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Posse Member

James Cope

La Salle County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, June 25, 1891

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Two shot and killed

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Posse Member Jim Cope was shot and killed in Encinal, Texas, while attempting to arrest a man who had shot at a deputy earlier in the night.

The deputy was investigating four disorderly subjects at approximately 2:00 am when one of the men fired at him. The deputy organized a posse that included Mr. Cope, another deputy, and another citizen. The posse encountered the group again at approximately 3:00 am. The posse was fired upon as they attempted to arrest the man who had shot at the deputy during the first encounter.

Mr. Cope was struck in the stomach and killed. Another civilian posse member was wounded in the leg. Two of the subjects in the group were shot and killed by the return gunfire from the posse. The other two were arrested.

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Rest in Peace Posse Member James Cope. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of La Salle County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray
that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the bones of your murderers.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
June 26, 2016


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