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Police Officer James Nathaniel Mason | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

James Nathaniel Mason

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, May 10, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 1965

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/7/1981

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Acquitted

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Police Officer James Mason succumbed to gunshot wound received three days earlier. Officer Mason was shot and killed from ambush while he sat in his patrol car writing paperwork. His patrol car was positioned under a street light near the Mantua Hall Housing Project at the time of the shooting. He and his partner had just settled a disturbance call. An 18 year-old youth was arrested and charged with his murder.

Although the suspect confessed to police that he shot Officer Mason, his trial resulted in an acquittal a year later. The case remains unsolved.

Officer Mason was a U.S Army veteran and had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Officer Mason,
On today, the 36th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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May 10, 2017


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