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Trooper James Herbert Fulford, Jr. | Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper

James Herbert Fulford, Jr.

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, February 1, 1992

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Bomb

Weapon: Explosives; Bomb

Offender: Executed in 2014

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Trooper James Fulford was killed by a bomb while searching a vehicle.

One suspect made the bomb, placed it inside a microwave, and gift wrapped it. He then paid a second male to deliver the package to his ex-wife, who had prior knowledge of a murder he had been involved with and had intimate knowledge of an active drug ring he was involved with. The male agreed to deliver the package thinking it only contained drugs. Trooper Fulford pulled over the car being driven by male and one of his associates. Both men were arrested during the traffic stop and taken to jail by two Jefferson County deputies. Shortly thereafter, Trooper Fulford was killed when the bomb exploded while he searched the car.

It was later determined by an explosive expert that Trooper Fulford was holding the package when it exploded.

The bomb maker was sentenced to death and was subsequently executed on February 26th, 2014. The male subject driving the vehicle was sentenced to 40 years.

Trooper Fulford had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 14 years.

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Jimmy Fulford was my husband's closest friend on the Patrol. The day that Jimmy died changed lives forever. I can still close my eyes and see his sweet face and hear him say, "How are you doin' Mama?" (Jimmy's nickname for me) This make me smile because we were the same age. But he was aware that being a mom was the most important thing to me. Jimmy was always there fore his friends and for those who were not as fortunate. His wife would share how she would have to go to the ATM to get money for someone that Jimmy had encountered on the highway who might need gas or food. And Jimmy always seemed to have a smile. We love Jimmy and his family and he left an unbelievable mark on our hearts, forever.

Annette Grissom
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October 13, 2016

 

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