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. He 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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Thank you for your service, both military and police, and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 30, 2020

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