Trooper James Buford Robinson

Trooper James Buford Robinson

Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama

End of Watch Sunday, December 10, 1972

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James Buford Robinson

Trooper James Robinson was killed while assisting Talladega police officers in an investigation of a report of a man with a rifle on Battle Street.

The man shot at both Talladega officers, wounding one, before running approximately 10 blocks and entering a home on Chandler Street. The man exited the home and shot Trooper Robinson in the throat. The man was taken into custody after being shot and wounded.

Trooper Robinson was a Korean War veteran and had served with the Alabama Department of Public Safety for seven years. He was survived by his wife, son, and brother.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Apprehended

weapons violation

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James Buford Robinson was my Dad. My Name is David Byrd, at the time David Robinson. This was a devastating day in mine and my Moms life’s. I often thought how my life might have been different if James had come home that day. I was young only 6 years old at the time but James had a huge impact on my life, he taught me morals that I still live by today. He was a great man and the love of my mothers life. I don’t think she really ever got over losing him. James was a faithful man of God a great husband and a loving dad that I will never forget and always love. He was taken from us far to early at the age of 41. God bless the fallen officers and the families that are left behind, I know the pain of your sacrifices. God bless you all, until we meet again Dad, I love you.

David Wayne Robinson Byrd

May 6, 2020

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