Patrolman James Sweeney

Patrolman James Sweeney

Joplin Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, April 23, 1901

James Sweeney

Patrolman James Sweeney and Patrolman Brannon were shot and killed by a group of vagrants they had just arrested from the Kansas City Railroad yards. As the Patrolmen were transporting the group of suspects to jail the suspects turned on them with guns and shot and killed both patrolmen.

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

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Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the 108th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. He was shot twice when ambushed on April 23rd when he was on a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, 108 years after you were killed.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 28, 2009

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