Patrolman James Ralph Turner

Patrolman James Ralph Turner

Port Isabel Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, May 22, 1978

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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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JT I remember that day so well, the four of us were sitting in front of Western Auto when the call came in and you asked Dennis and I to tag along in case medical was needed. I witnessed you getting hit and falling to the ground with your hand stretched out toward me. Even after all these years I still play it over and over in my head, wishing I could of reached you to help. I will always remember you for the outstanding person you were. and hopefully one day I will meet Jamie. Say hi to Trooper David Rucker and Los Fresnos Officer Enrique Carrisalez, both taken in 1981 on highway 100 while on duty and way too soon.

Joey Spinks
Family friend & EMS at time

August 22, 2018

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