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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Officer Doyle, I didn't have the privilege of knowing you, but I was the administrative assistant under the Chiefs who got your name put onto the Ventura County Peace Officers Memorial at the Government Center, and who got the scholarship fund started in your name. I was fortunate enough to meet your parents at the presentation of your name and flag. I've attended almost every service since 2001 til the present, when the COVID-19 put a 'closed' sign on the world. I am so thankful for those good people who come here and post messages and remembrances of you here. They make you as real as the young men (and women, now!) who would be your co-workers. I will always remember your service, not only to your community, but as a member of the Armed Forces as well. God bless, sir.

Rita McKinney, Records Supervisor
Ventura County Community College District Police Dept

April 20, 2020

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