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 shotgun wounds sustained 11 days earlier while on duty.

He was struck by a shotgun blast as he walked out the front door of a local tavern at 318 Madison Street as he and another officer were conducting routine checks at 3:45 am. 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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Patrolman Towns,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Brooklyn. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 18, 2021

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