Patrolman James Upton

Patrolman James Upton

Rochester Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, March 19, 1919

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James Upton

Patrolman James Upton was shot and killed by one of three men he surprised while they attempted to set fire to a grocery store at 223 Plymouth Avenue shortly before 2:00 a.m.

Two suspects were apprehended and the killer was apprehended several weeks later.

The 35-year-old killer was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. In 1922 the New York Supreme Court ordered a new trial. He was then convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years to life. He was released in 1941.

Patrolman Upton was survived by his wife, mother, and several sisters.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Released in 1941


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Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service. Never forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 19, 2019

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