Police Officer James Williams Branson, Jr.

Police Officer James Williams Branson, Jr.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, March 9, 2003

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James Williams Branson, Jr.

Police Officer James Branson died of an injury he received when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident while in pursuit of a stolen vehicle.

He and his partner spotted a vehicle that had been taken a few hours earlier in a carjacking. When the officers attempted to stop the vehicle, a pursuit began. During the pursuit, the officer's police cruiser collided with a sport utility vehicle at the intersection of North Market Street and North Jefferson Avenue.

Officer Branson was treated for a broken ankle and had surgery on the ankle on February 14th, 2003, and was sent home to recover. On March 9th, 2003, he suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism caused by a massive blood clot that traveled from his ankle to his heart and lungs.

Officer Branson had served with the St. Louis Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 4 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Incident Date Tuesday, February 11, 2003
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Escaped

stolen vehicle, vehicle pursuit

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Officer Branson,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Louis. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 9, 2023

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