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Police Officer Dean Martin James | United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

Police Officer

Dean Martin James

United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Saturday, September 17, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 809

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Arizona

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 25 years

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Police Officer Dean James was shot and killed when he attempted to arrest a suspect who had escaped from the Hopi Tribal Jail the previous day.

Officer James was en route to work when he observed the escapee hitchhiking along the highway. When Officer James exited his vehicle the man opened fire with a .22 caliber rifle. Despite being mortally wounded, Officer James was able to return fire and shot the man several times, wounding him.

The man was arrested at the scene. He was convicted of Officer James' murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Officer James was assigned to the Hopi Tribal Police in Arizona and had served with the agency for four years. He was survived by his wife, three sons, and daughter.

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I miss you dad! My dad is the first officer on the Hopi Reservation to be classified "Killed in the line of duty". His murderer has since passed away in 2011.

Deanelle James
Daughter
December 6, 2014

 

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