Police Officer James Joseph Doyle

Police Officer James Joseph Doyle

Ventura County Community College District Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, March 23, 1975

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James Joseph Doyle

Police Officer James Doyle was shot and killed on the Ventura College campus while conducting building checks.

The special checks of the buildings were in response to a recent rash of burglaries. After shooting Officer Doyle, the suspect stole his service weapon and patrol car. The suspect, who was a student at the school and the son of a faculty member, was apprehended three days later in Idaho.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life January 28, 1976.

Officer Doyle was a U.S. Army veteran.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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46 years ago today you were senselessly taken away. I remember the morning I was told. I was in the company area of the 108th MP Company at Ft Bragg NC. I was stunned. I was to visit in that summer. You were a brother, mentor and friend. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. You are missed and a true hero.

John Rosenthal Ssg
US Army Military Police Corps

March 23, 2021

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