Patrolman James Sweeney

Patrolman James Sweeney

Joplin Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, April 23, 1901

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James Sweeney

Patrolman James Sweeney and Patrolman Bert Brannon were shot and killed by a group of vagrants they had just arrested from the Kansas City Railroad yards.

They were walking the seven men to jail along with a third officer. As they neared the intersection of Second Street and Main Street, a half-block from the jail, one of the men suddenly produced a revolver and opened fire. Patrolman Sweeney and Patrolman Brannon were both fatally wounded.

Patrolman Sweeney is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Joplin, Missouri.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

prisoner custody, trespasser

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Rest in peace Patrolman Sweeney.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 26, 2019

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