Patrolman James Loyd Stapp

Patrolman James Loyd Stapp

Sweetwater Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, January 16, 1977

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James Loyd Stapp

Patrolman Stapp was shot and killed by a suspect with a 12-gauge shotgun. The man was sentenced to life and was denied parole in 2000. He later died in prison.

Patrolman Stapp had been with the agency for 17 years.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Died in prison

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Patrolman Stapp, I take some solace in knowing your murderer never saw freedom again. Neither have you, nor has your family. On this 39th anniversary of your gruesome murder, I thank you for your service.

God Bless and may your continued rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

January 16, 2016

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