Sergeant James William Anderson

Sergeant James William Anderson

Wayzata Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Tuesday, August 31, 1982

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James William Anderson

Sergeant James Anderson was shot and killed while answering a domestic disturbance call at apartment building at the intersection of Rice Street and Superior Boulevard.

As he entered the apartment building lobby the suspect shot him in the chest three times. The man then fled and took hostages in the local post office before committing suicide.

Sergeant Anderson had served with the six-man Wayzata Police Department for one year and had served in law enforcement for 13 years. He was killed on his 36th birthday. He was survived by his fiancee and three sons.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide


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Matthew Anderson, please contact me ref memorial being built in honor of your grandfather. The department has lost contact with family members.

My son, Dave is a current member of the department.

Jim Wilson

Off Jim Wilson
Former officer. Worked with JW

December 13, 2018

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