Patrolman James H. Roche

Patrolman James H. Roche

Nashua Police Department, New Hampshire

End of Watch Monday, October 15, 1928

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James H. Roche

Patrolman James Roche succumbed to injuries received three weeks earlier in a gunfight with a suspect. Patrolman Roche was attempting to apprehend the suspect in a residence when he was shot five times. He was able to return fire, fatally wounding the suspect. Patrolman Roche was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries three weeks later.

Patrolman Roche had been with the agency for six years and had also been a police officer in Limerick, Ireland, before immigrating to the United States. He was survived by his wife and five children.

In May 2019, Panther Drive was renamed to Officer James Roche Drive.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 23, 1928
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest attempt

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Patrolman Roache, it has been 95 years since you were taken from us. I have a number of friends on or retired from the Nashua Police and you would be proud of the agency it has become.

New Hampshire law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

October 16, 2023

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