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Police Officer James J. Brown | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

James J. Brown

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 1, 1963

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 5441

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: New Jersey

Incident Date: 8/23/1963

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Charged with murder

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Police Officer James Brown was succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained five weeks earlier while attempting to breakup a fight outside of a bar on Longport-Somerspoint Boulevard, in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.

He and his brother, who was also a Philadelphia police officer, were off duty and visiting the bar when a fight broke out between a patron and the bartender. As Officer Brown and his brother attempted to breakup the fight the patron pulled out a handgun and opened fire, striking Officer Brown in the neck.

The man was arrested by local authorities following the shooting and charged with murder following Officer Brown's death. Evidence of numerous burglaries were located in his vehicle. In 1965 he was convicted of burglaries and sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison. In 1969 murder charges were dismissed against him because prosecutors failed to start his trial within 180 days of his arrest.

Officer Brown was a U.S Army veteran and had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for six years. He was survived by his parents, brother, and sister.

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Officer Brown,
On today, the 54th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 1, 2017


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