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Patrolman James Dewey Chamblin | Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma


James Dewey Chamblin

Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Monday, April 15, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Chamblin was shot and killed after he and his partner arrested two suspects at a hotel located at NE 6th Street and Harrison Street. As the officers escorted the two men to the patrol car one of the men produced a handgun and shot both officers, fatally wounding Patrolman Chamblin. His partner was able to return fire and wound the suspect, who was taken into custody nearby.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on November 18, 1974. On September 5, 1980, he stabbed a fellow inmate to death and was sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life. He has a parole hearing in July of 2016.

Patrolman Chamblin was survived by his wife and three children.

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I road up the elevator with you the night you were killed. You were brand new on our third shift and riding with my former partner, John Campbell. I asked you how you liked police work and you stated you loved it. Rest in peace my brother in Law Enforcement and OCPD proud. I served OCPD for 31 years. !970 t0 2001

Ret. Lt. Jodie Perkins
Okla. City Police Dept
May 17, 2016


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