Officer James Jenkins Spann

Officer James Jenkins Spann

Abilene Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, June 17, 1954

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James Jenkins Spann

Officer James Spann was shot and killed following a hostage standoff.

A man had taken several hostages in an attempt to demand a ransom. After his plans were foiled he attempted to flee and engaged officers in a shootout near a gas station around 8:30 p.m. Officer Spann was shot 4 times and was fatally wounded.

The suspect, who had served a previous prison sentence for homicide, was also shot and wounded. He was later sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Officer Spann, who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 130
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 99 years


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Rest in peace Officer Spann.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 12, 2020

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