Patrolman James H. Trepanier

Patrolman James H. Trepanier

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Tuesday, September 20, 1938

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James H. Trepanier

Patrolman Trepanier succumbed to gunshot wounds received ten years earlier when he and his partner attempted to arrest several men in a club on Sixth Avenue North. When his partner left the room to call for a wagon one of the men opened fire, causing Officer Trepanier to become paralyzed. Patrolman Trepanier remained paralyzed until his death. No charges were ever filed in connection with his shooting.
At the time of the shooting Patrolman Trepanier had been with the agency for five years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, February 3, 1928
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender No charges filed

arrest attempt

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I just read about the tragic loss of your life on Back the Blue in Minnesota. I am saddened that there are not more tributes to you on here. You deserve more recognition for the hero and protector that you were, but I realize that this happened so long ago, and that there were many who mourned your loss deeply. Thank you for your service.


September 20, 2021

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