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Corporal James Roy Outlaw | Bethel Police Department, North Carolina Bethel Police Department, North Carolina


James Roy Outlaw

Bethel Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Saturday, November 20, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 602

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Charged with traffic violations

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Corporal Outlaw was killed when his patrol car struck a tree during a vehicle pursuit. Corporal Outlaw was riding with a trainee when they attempted to stop a suspected DUI driver. The suspect fled and the officers pursued him. During the pursuit the vehicle went off of the roadway and struck the tree. Corporal Outlaw succumbed to his injuries before he could be extricated from the vehicle. His trainee sustained serious injuries and had to medically retire. The suspect was apprehended in a neighboring jurisdiction, but was only charged with traffic violations, and was not charged in connection with Corporal Outlaw's death.

As a result of Corporal Outlaw's death, and other high-profile cases, the North Carolina General Assembly later changed the law to make speeding to elude an officer a felony instead of a misdemeanor.

Corporal Outlaw was posthumously recognized by the North Carolina DARE Officer's Association for his work as a DARE officer. He had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife and child.

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I miss you buddy.

Chief (RET) JA Millan
NC Public Schools LED, Avery Dist
December 3, 2013


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