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Police Officer James J. Fenton | Oakland Police Department, California Oakland Police Department, California

Police Officer

James J. Fenton

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, January 4, 1908

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: One shot and killed

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Patrolman Fenton was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two suspicious men. When he told the men he was going to arrest them one of them fled and second began to struggled with Patrolman Fenton. The suspect then pulled out a handgun and shot Patrolman Fenton. As the suspect attempted to flee a citizen struggled with him, gained control of his weapon, and then shot and killed him. The second suspect was apprehended and convicted of Patrolman Fenton's murder.
Patrolman Fenton had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his wife and two children.

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Every year since 2009 I have made the blue ribbons with the 51 names of the Oakland Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. It is my honor to do this for the fallen officers. The ribbons hang on a tree outside the Warehouse Bar and Grill in Oakland, California for all to see the sacrifice they have made to keep us safe. God bless you all and rest in peace.

A grateful citizen
February 23, 2012


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