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Police Officer James Bruce Irby | Houston Police Department, Texas Houston Police Department, Texas

Police Officer

James Bruce Irby

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 27, 1990

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/27/1990

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Suspect: Sentenced to death

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Officer James Irby was shot and killed when he stopped a car for a minor traffic violation.

As he was talking with the driver, the passenger exited the vehicle and shot Officer Irby five times with a .357 handgun.

The suspect was convicted of Officer Irby's murder and subsequently sentenced to death.

Officer Irby is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.



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I am laying here awake at 1 in the morning thinking about Jim for some reason. I thought I would google his name and make sure that he is remembered in some way by others. Jim was a giant of a man but a gentle giant. I think it was Jims violent death that really propelled me to do more to save the lives of other officers, building holsters, knives, & training officers throughout the country to prevail in the sudden violent encounter that comes with our job. Jim Irby's spirit is with me as I work to motivate and inspire others through department training and Hoffners Training Academy. He would smile confidently as he swung on his helmet, mount his police hog, and ride off into the night, unafraid. Jim, thanks for being a friend, thank you for your service and your ultimate payment to the job you loved, and thanks for inspiring me as I continue to do my work.

Senior Officer Brian Hoffner, Badge #2319, Class 103, 1982
President, The Hoffner Group of Companies
Let others be sheep

Senior Officer Brian Hoffner
Houston Police Department
December 8, 2014

 

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