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Officer James L. Gordon | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

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James L. Gordon

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Monday, December 14, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: Not available

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Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Location: Maryland

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Officer James Gordon was shot and killed by a Prince George's County police officer in a case of mistaken identity.

Officer Gordon was returning home to his residence in Prince George's County, Maryland when he discovered an open window and suspected that a burglar might be inside. As Officer Gordon walked through the house with his gun drawn, a Prince George's County police officer arrived on the scene because a neighbor had reported seeing a suspicious person enter Officer Gordon's home. In a tragic case of mistaken identity, the responding officer shot and killed Officer Gordon when he turned toward him with gun in hand.

Officer Gordon had previously served in the United States Army and was survived by his daughter.

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