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Detective James M. Compton, Jr. | Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

Detective

James M. Compton, Jr.

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 16, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 5 years, 1 month

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective James Compton was shot and killed while attempting to serve a narcotics warrant on a man suspected of selling marijuana to students at a nearby high school.

Detective Compton and three other detectives went to the man's home at approximately 10:00 pm to serve the warrant. When Detective Compton knocked on the door and identified himself, the suspect fired a shotgun from inside, striking him in the head.

Detective Compton was able to crawl to the front yard where he collapsed before being transported to a local hospital where he died approximately two hours later. The other detectives returned fire at the suspect, fatally wounding him.

Detective Compton had served with the Indianapolis Police Department for only six weeks and had previously served as a police officer in Kansas for two years. He was a US Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and the recipient of a Purple Heart. Detective Compton was survived by his wife, 6- and 11-year old daughters and a 5-year-old son.

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I served with the US Marine Corps in Viet Nam with James M Compton, "Doc" , US Navy Corpsman in 1966-1967.
Myself and my fellow Marines hold Doc in the highest regard both as a Corpsman and friend. We would like to hear from members of his family to share thoughts and memories.

James Kelly
USMC
March 24, 2016

 

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