Corporal James A. Ross

Corporal James A. Ross

Mammoth Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, June 10, 1988

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James A. Ross

Corporal James Ross was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

At the time of the incident there was not a jail in the small town so the suspect was allowed to remain in his home until the judge was available. As Corporal Ross turned to leave the home, the suspect shot him three times in the back with a gun that had been hidden behind a chair. The suspect then fired directly into Corporal Ross' chest as he lay on his back on the floor, and then called the dispatcher to report that he had shot an officer.

The subject was found guilty of second degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. While out on appeal in the year after the shooting of Corporal Ross, the shooter also tried to shoot his stepson as his stepson ran away from him. He was once again convicted, and six years was added to his sentence for the second crime.

Corporal Ross was a U.S. Army veteran and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He had served with the Mammoth Police Department for 19 years. He was survived by his wife, son, two daughters, and brother.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Rest in peace Corporal Ross.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 29, 2022

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