Police Officer James Henry Camp

Police Officer James Henry Camp

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, March 9, 1999

James Henry Camp

Officer James Henry Camp was shot and killed after stopping a stolen vehicle. During the stop Officer Camp, who was in plainclothes, asked the driver to exit the vehicle. Once he was out of the vehicle, a struggle ensued and the offender gained control of Officer Camp's weapon, shooting him twice in the head.

The assailant then fired at another officer who was approaching the scene. The backup officer returned fire and shot the gunman five times, wounding him.

The incident occurred outside of an elementary school and was witnessed by several children.

In a travesty of justice, Officer Camp's killer was acquitted of murder and of the attempted murder of the backup officer. The killer was convicted of disarming Officer Camp and for possession of a stolen car. The judge sentenced the murderer to the maximum of two consecutive 30-year prison terms for the two other offenses of which he was convicted.

The killer appealed the sentence and was sentenced to only 28 years in prison.

Officer James Henry Camp is survived by his wife.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 3934

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Officer Camp I was in the hiring process with CPD when you were taken from your family and those who you would've touched on the job. I remember crying for your loss even though I never met you. Since that unfortunate day I've always remember you. And on the 13th of February 2018 we lost a real boss, a real man who I wish I had the pleasure to work for. You death memory carries on in my mind and Commander Bauer will be another. As they say, "Gone but never Forgotten". To both of you, Rest in Peace and guide us all from above.

Police Officer

February 17, 2018

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