Detective Sergeant James Roche

Detective Sergeant James Roche

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Saturday, June 30, 1962

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James Roche

Detective Sergeant James Roche suffered a fatal heart attack as he and other officers attempted to control a crazed man who had entered the United States Capitol without permission.

Sergeant Roche was a U.S. Army veteran who had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for 20 years and had been on a temporary protective assignment at the United States Capitol for six months at the time of his death. During his career, he received 43 commendations. He was survived by his wife.

He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available


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Det. Sgt. Roche,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death 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 as a member of the 29th “Blue and Gray” Division. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 30, 2022

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