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Patrolman James Edward Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina


James Edward "Red" English

Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Thursday, November 11, 1948

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 11

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/7/1948

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Paroled in 1970

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Patrolman Red English succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained four days earlier during a standoff with an ex-convict on South Liberty Street.

Several other officers and civilians were also wounded in the incident when the suspect opened fire from his parents home. The suspect's father had called the police when his son forced him to leave his home after he refused to let him use the family car.

The suspect was convicted of the murder of Patrolman English and sentenced to life in prison November 29th, 1948. He was paroled September 17th, 1970.

Patrolman English was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and had served with the Gastonia Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and three children. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Gastonia, North Carolina.

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Patrolman English,
On today, the 69th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN during WW II-especially considering that today is Veterans Day. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol
November 11, 2017


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