Police Officer James Henry Camp

Police Officer James Henry Camp

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, March 9, 1999

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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.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 3934

Incident Details

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

plainclothes, stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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It's been 21 years and I still miss you. Every year, I cry when I read how you were taken from us and get my heart broken all over again when I read the acquittal. Sometimes when great things happen in my life, I wish I could get one of your calls and make you proud. I can still hear your laugh and see your smile. I know you're still with us, just wish you got to grow old with Dad. We would've made great memories. Love you, Uncle Jimmy

Tiffanie
Niece

March 9, 2020

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