Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 5 years
Badge # 1965
Incident Date: 5/7/1981
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.