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Detective John Adams James | Cambria County District Attorney's Office, Pennsylvania Cambria County District Attorney's Office, Pennsylvania

Detective

John Adams James

Cambria County District Attorney's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, August 31, 1923

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective James and Detective Joseph Abrahams were shot and killed during a riot in the city's Rosedale section.

Two officers from the Johnstown Police Department also died as a result of wounds sustained during the riot. Detective Otto Nukem died on September 12, 1923, and Captain Otto Fink died on November 2, 1923.

The officers were attempting to stop a disturbance involving several men when one, crazed from drinking moonshine, opened fire with a revolver. Other officers arriving on the scene shot and killed the suspect.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Detective Joseph Louis Abrahams
Cambria County District Attorney's Office, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Friday, August 31, 1923
Cause: Gunfire

Detective Otto A. Nukem
Johnstown Police Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Wednesday, September 12, 1923
Cause: Gunfire

Captain Otto Fink
Johnstown Police Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Friday, November 2, 1923
Cause: Gunfire

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Today, 93 years later, we remember one the worse days in Johnstown Police history. We read your names out loud, never to forget your sacrifice, to keep our City safe.

Erin Kabler
August 31, 2016

 

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