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 Roche,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Nashua.


United States Border Patrol

October 15, 2018

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