Police Officer James A. Shields

Police Officer James A. Shields

Buffalo Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, October 30, 2002

James A. Shields

Officer James Shields was killed in an automobile accident while attempting to locate a robbery suspect at 2014 hours.

Officers were informed that the suspect had gotten onto a bus and Officer Shields and his partner were attempting to catch up to the bus. They were responding with lights and siren upon entering the intersection at Delaware and Bryant when another vehicle turned in front of them. Officer Shields swerved to avoid the car but struck a tree. He suffered severe injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he died. His partner was also injured in the crash.

Officers later determined that the store clerks and two others staged the $600 robbery and split the money. They were all arrested.

In December 2004, one suspect was shot and killed by officers from the Niagara Falls Police Department after he opened fire on them with a shotgun.

Officer Shields had been a member of the Buffalo Police Department for 7 years, and was assigned to D-District. He is survived by his two sons.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 3305

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Jimmy, sorry I didn't say hello last year. My bad. Hope all is well in Heaven. You'd have 23 years on if you were still with us. Hopefully the pension in heaven is better there then the one down here.
Until next year bro.....

Buffalo Police

October 30, 2018

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