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 and officers in a shootout near a gas station. Officer Spann was fatally wounded.

The suspect was also shot and wounded and taken into custody. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Officer Spann was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 130

Incident Details

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

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