Patrolman James A. Preston

Patrolman James A. Preston

Wakefield Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, April 9, 1921

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James A. Preston

Patrolman James Preston was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest on a male and female for a statutory offense near 97 Lowell Street.

During the arrest the male suspect shot him four times, killing him.

The suspect was later acquitted of all charges at trial.

Patrolman Preston was U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the Wakefield Police Department for one year. He was survived by his mother, five sisters, and three brothers.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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Patrolman Preston,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death and 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 in Europe fighting the Germans during WW I as a member of the 26th “Yankee” Division. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

United States Border Patrol

April 9, 2021

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