Deputy Chief Marshal James Leonard Holland

Deputy Chief Marshal James Leonard Holland

Booneville Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Tuesday, December 25, 1906

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James Leonard Holland

Deputy Chief Marshal James Holland was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a drunk suspect. The suspect was arrested and charged with murder. He was adjudged insane and sent to the state mental asylum. On November 15, 1907, he hanged himself in his cell with his bed sheet.

Deputy Chief was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide in Mental Institution

arrest, DIP

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James Leonard Holland, my Grandfather, and Mary Edna LaRue, were the parents of my Mother, Hazel Monet Holland. He was seated at their Christmas Dinner table when he was called away to answer a disturbance involving an intoxicated individual. He resisted arrest. There was a struggle for my Grandfather's revolver, who was shot. It turned out that the shooter was well-known in Booneville, Arkansas. Later, in his jail cell, he grieved, crying "I've shot my best friend." I have a photo of "Papa" Holland, along with those of 6 other family members who served in Law Enforcement. We'll all be together again in the Presence of our Savior, Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Amen.

Don Watson, Sgt & Criminal Investigator

April 29, 2018

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