Patrolman James D. Turner

Patrolman James D. Turner

Louisville and Nashville Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, December 25, 1931

Add to My Heroes

James D. Turner

Patrolman Turner was shot and killed in Richmond, Kentucky, by a suspect who had just shot and fatally wounded two other men. The suspect was running away from the original shooting when he saw Patrolman Turner talking to a crossing watchman. The suspect opened fire without warning, striking Patrolman Turner once, and knocking him down. The suspect then shot Patrolman Turner three more times. Although mortally wounded, Patrolman Turner returned fire five times and struck the suspect once in the hand. The suspect was arrested.

The suspect, 30, was charged with three counts of murder and executed in the electric chair on December 17, 1932. On January 14, 1928, he shot and wounded Patrolman Turner in Richmond where he was a policeman. He served two years for attempted murder.

was charged with three counts of murder. On December 17, 1932, he was executed in the electric chair.

Patrolman Turner had been with the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Police Department for six years and was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Kentucky
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1932

Most Recent Reflection

View all 11 Reflections

Rest in Peace Patrolman Turner. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice while protecting America's steel roadways.

I pray for Peace for your family, friends and co-workers. I also pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the flesh of your murderer and his spawn!

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston,TX

December 25, 2015

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.