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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I just found out about this tragedy this morning from another Marine that served with us. I went to Boot Camp, Infantry School and served with James Camp in 2nd LAI Bn (USMC). He was my friend and Brother and one heck of a Marine. He loved his Country and was always the first to stand up for what was right. He was tough, kind and intelligent but his most enduring quality was his compassion for his fellow man. I am terribly sorry to find out of his murder and especially the Marxist judge who let his murderer off on a lesser charge. It adds insult to injury to this great American Patriot, who spent his life putting himself in harms way to protect and serve. Till we meet again, my Brother... fair winds and following seas...

Brad Reel
USMC

October 7, 2020

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