Patrolman James Carlton Towns

Patrolman James Carlton Towns

Brooklyn Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, December 18, 1971

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James Carlton Towns

Patrolman James Towns succumbed to injuries suffered 11 days earlier from shotgun wounds after he was shot while on duty. He was hit with a shotgun blast as he walked out the front door of a local tavern. Witnesses said the blast came from a car occupied by two men as they drove by.

Patrolman Towns had served with the Brooklyn Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 16

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, December 7, 1971
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender At large

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Officer Towns's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 6-22-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

June 22, 2016

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