Police Officer James B. Gilbert

Police Officer James B. Gilbert

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, September 28, 2001

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James B. Gilbert

Police Officer James Gilbert was shot and killed when he and another officer responded to a report of a man making suicide threats at approximately 6:00 am.

The suspect, a member of the U.S. Navy, had called his father and told him he was going to commit suicide. The man's father called the Norfolk Naval Station, who then contacted police.

When the officers arrived at the off-base apartment they entered the open apartment. The officers observed the man leaning back on his bed holding a gun. Thinking the man was asleep they began to approach him down a hallway. The suspect then opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun, fatally wounding Officer Gilbert in the head.

The other officer returned fire and killed the suspect.

Officer Gilbert had served with the Norfolk Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife and six-year-old daughter.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 0177

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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To the family of James B. Gilbert:

~ Twenty years ago today ~
~ A fine young officer went away ~
~ Not to live another day ~
~ But in our hearts he will A~L~W~A~Y~S stay ~

An original poem by Sue M., Boardman, OH.

Although I didn't know James personally, I have heard many good things about him from a close contact who is retired from the VBPD.

Sue M.
Boardman, OH

September 28, 2021

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