Patrolman James Ralph Turner

Patrolman James Ralph Turner

Port Isabel Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, May 22, 1978

James Ralph Turner

Patrolman Turner was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance involving a drunk man who had shot out a window in his home. When Patrolman Turner and his partner arrived they attempting to call out to the man. The suspect shot Patrolman Turner in the chest with a .22 caliber rifle and then held the other officer at bay and would not allow him to assist Patrolman Turner.

The suspect surrendered when other officers arrived at the scene. He was initially convicted of murder and was sentenced to life in prison, but was acquitted during a second trial.

Patrolman Turner had served with the agency for only 8 months. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, stepson, parents, and two siblings.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Acquitted

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Rest in Peace Police Officer James Ralph Turner. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Port Isabel, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and the men and women of the Port Isabel Police Department. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever pursue the scum that murdered you. May he know no peace on this earth nor in the after life. May his grave be infested with thorns and weeds. May he burn forever in the lake of fire!


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

May 22, 2016

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