Sergeant James J. Purcell

Sergeant James J. Purcell

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Monday, October 24, 1955

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James J. Purcell

Sergeant James Purcell was shot and killed with his own service revolver during a struggle at a domestic dispute at 134 West Lanvale Street.

The suspect was shot and killed by other responding officers.

Sergeant Purcell had served with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 252

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 59th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 3, 2014

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