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 plain clothes, 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 Camp was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Chicago Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 3934
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

plainclothes, stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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I went to high school with James. Anyone who knew James, knows what an incredible person he was. He simply lit up a room. He was friendly, kind, fun, protective, loyal and passionate. Someone you wanted to be around. I was watching the news almost 23 years ago and recall the overwhelming shock and sadness as his murder was reported. So many from our hometown (Peoria) came to pay their respects. This past year an honorary street was named in James honor in Peoria. He touched so many lives I think of him often. The world was robbed of a beautiful man too soon.
Rest In Peace, James. I’m grateful to have known you.

Theresa King Atchley
High school classmate/Spalding 1983

February 26, 2022

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