Police Officer Dean Martin James

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

Dean Martin James

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.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 809

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arizona
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

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Officer James,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country and the Hopi Tribe. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 17, 2018

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