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 no 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 25 years to life


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You would have been 76 today. We would have made you a cake and joked about putting all 76 candles on the cake and setting off the fire alarms. You would have laughed, Jimmy and Maddison would have tried to smash the cake in your face. We would have gotten you gifts, funny ones and Grandpa ones. We would have joked about birthday spankings. We then would have relaxed, had a few drinks, and discussed Christmas plans. I would have told you your birthday presents counted as Christmas gifts too. We would celebrate my brothers birthday next week. So many things we would have been doing but arent. Because you were taken too soon. We were robbed of our time and possible memories. And it wasnt just my siblings, Mom and your friends. Our future was robbed, our children, our childrens children. Because they cant meet you. They cant see how awesome and funny and kind and silly you were. We miss you every day and remember always. Please have a cold one up there with the grampas for us. we will have one down here for you. Love you always and Miss you more

Melody Ross Lindsay

December 8, 2022

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