Police Officer James Bruce Irby

Police Officer James Bruce Irby

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, June 27, 1990

James Bruce Irby

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.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Hey old man. Well we’re starting into 2018 and man did last year fly by. My wife gave birth to an amazing beautiful baby boy. Wyatt James Irby, and I promise he will know why his middle name is James. He looks just like you. Meg is doing amazing and has been instantly an incredible mom. I’m a very lucky man. I’m a detective now and my K-9 is retiring soon and will get to come home permantly. It’s ok though because he has chosen a new career path protecting your grandson. His devotion to our new child is shocking to me because he has never really like children. I guess he just knows how precious he is. Our new life has definitely been an adjustment for me, and I can’t say I’m doing everything perfect. I’m trying hard to take care of both of them the best I can. I wish he could expierence more family from my side but I guess for now the way things are is the best for him. I know you are watching over us all. I sure do miss you these days. I sit with my son in my lap and talk to him. He will smile and laugh back at me (maybe slober a bit). When he does I can’t help but let my mind wonder if you did the same with me. I love you dad.

CPL. Cody Irby
Pflugerville Police Department (Son)

January 2, 2018

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