Police Officer James Thomas Sawyer

Police Officer James Thomas Sawyer

Custer Police Department, South Dakota

End of Watch Tuesday, June 13, 1972

James Thomas Sawyer

Officer James Sawyer was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary in progress at a local saloon. The suspects were able to take Officer Sawyer hostage. They then took him to a nearby hillside where they shot and killed him with execution style with his own weapon.

The suspect was convicted of Officer Sawyer's murder and sentenced to life without parole.

Officer Sawyer had served with the Custer Police Department for 2 years.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 15, 2015

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