Police Officer James E. Barmore

Police Officer James E. Barmore

Santa Paula Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, February 7, 1953

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James E. Barmore

Officer James Barmore was killed in a motorcycle accident while responding to a vehicle accident near the Mupu School. He was responding on Ojai Road when a truck began to pull out of Saticoy Street. The truck stopped for Officer Barmore, but his motorcycle went out of control and he struck the truck.

An ambulance that was driving behind the officer immediately took him to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.

Officer Barmore had served with the Santa Paula Police Department for 8 months. He was survived by his wife and young son.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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Several years ago I attended the dedication of the Police Memorial in Santa Paula. A former Officer was there and spoke at the event. Seems that he had attended Santa Paula High and James had gone to Fillmore HS. They got into a fight and the man (I can't recall his name) said that he was much larger than James and thought it would be an easy fight. James beat him to a pulp.
While he was nursing his wounds, James came up to him and shook his hand, saying that he was sorry for hurting him. The man became a motor Officer with SPPD and when he resigned, James took his position. The pickup truck that James ran into while responding to the accident was being driven by this man.
I have often speculated if there was some horseplay going on that went horribly wrong?

Detective Sergeant Gary Marshall
Santa Paula Police

January 13, 2020

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