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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

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: 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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Officer Irby’s family,

I recently attended the LEMIT Texas Police Chiefs Leadership Series at Sam Houston St. University. HPD Asst. Chief Dan Perales and Harker Heights Police Chief Mike Gentry taught a session on the nobility of policing (Blue Courage). As part of the lesson, groups of chiefs were assigned to learn about and make a presentation to the class on officers killed in the line of duty. I and seven other chiefs were assigned Officer Irby.

Mostly from the reflections posted here on ODMP, we learned what a great father, husband and police officer that Jim was. The enduring love and support for him from his family, friends and colleagues is a true testament that his life influenced so many and will continue to for years to come. Add eight Texas police chiefs to that list. Every one of us were deeply touched after reading about his life from the reflections.

I spoke to Chief Perales after the presentation and found out even more what a great person Jim was. He also confirmed what we had concluded...that Jim would be very proud of all his family members.

I believe I speak for the others in my group that it was an honor to learn about Houston Police Officer James Bruce Irby.

Wishing you all God’s blessings.

"It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived."

Chief J. Michael Ragan
Texas A&M University Police Dept.
January 27, 2017


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