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Officer James E. Maroney | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California

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James E. Maroney

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Friday, May 27, 1955

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Committed suicide

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Officer James Maroney was shot and killed while assisting Modoc County deputies arrest an ex-convict.

Two days earlier the suspect had been released from the Oregon State Penitentiary where he had served a sentence for rape. When his victim reported that he was at her home, Officer Maroney responded there with deputies. As officers approached, the suspect opened fire with a rifle. Officer Maroney ducked behind a power pole, but was hit by a bullet that went through the pole, killing him instantly. The suspect then shot and killed himself.

Officer Maroney was survived by his wife and three children.

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Officer Maroney … Jim. It is now 61 years to the day. You are not forgotten. Twelve days ago we remembered you by name in a ceremony in our county. Your Sheriff was there with us as an escort for the riderless horse as we took to the grave a tombstone for one of ours who was until now forgotten. I won’t make it to your grave before next week, but I remember. Who you were, who you are, still matters. The life taken from you still matters. And the lives you left behind still matter.

Chuck Poré
Deputy Sheriff
May 28, 2016

 

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