Detective James J. Arnold

Detective James J. Arnold

East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, February 11, 1913

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James J. Arnold

Detective James Arnold was shot and killed at 1036 Street Street as he and another detective attempted to arrest a man for larceny.

The detectives located the man at home where they arrested him and confiscated a pistol.

The man was granted permission to change clothes and the two detectives accompanied him to a bedroom. When he reached into a trunk to pick up a pair of pants he grabbed a revolver that was hidden underneath. He immediately shot Detective Arnold in the head and then fled the scene.

In February of 1914 it was discovered that the suspect had just been sent to San Quentin Penitentiary in California after being convicted of a burglary in that state. He was returned to St. Louis and convicted of Detective Arnold's murder on January 29, 1915, and sentenced to 14 years to life.

Detective Arnold had served with the East St. Louis Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 102

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to 14 years to life

larceny, warrant service

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Detective James Joseph Arnold you will always be a hero to your daughter, Lillian, your grandson James Joseph, and to Dee Dee your great grand daughter. Your family Arnold, Gore, and Hughes are fourth generation law enforcement from Hayward California PD to The St Clair County Sheriff. Rest In Peace James Joseph From Doug Ligibel retired member of the Hayward PD and Task Force.

Doug ligibel
Hayward California PD

May 9, 2021

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