Policeman James C. Costello

Policeman James C. Costello

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, March 31, 1930

James C. Costello

Policeman James Costello was shot and killed as he and his partner made a traffic stop at the intersection of Seventh Street and Lucas Street.

When Policeman Costello made contact with the driver the man pulled a gun. As Policeman Costello backed away his partner and the suspect exchanged shots. Policeman Costello was shot in the chest during the exchange.

The man fled the scene but was arrested the following day with a gunshot wound to his knee. He was charged with first degree murder but was acquitted at trial. He was later convicted of possession of a blackjack and robbery and sentenced to five years to life.

Policeman Costello had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for six years. He was survived by his mother.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 6 years, 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

traffic stop

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You will never be forgotten. My mother was your niece. She spoke of you often. She is with you now. I passed your story to my children. My son works for the Sherriff's Office. My father also worked L.A.P.D. you have been a great inspiration to us all. God bless you.

Gloria Rickers

May 25, 2014

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