City Marshal William Aaron James

City Marshal William Aaron James

Texhoma Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Sunday, May 20, 1962

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William Aaron James

Marshal William James and Assistant Marshal Joe Hartman were shot and killed by a suspect who had been arrested for being drunk in public.

While at city hall, the suspect struck Marshal James in the head and escaped. He went home, obtained a 12 gauge shotgun, and returned to the city hall, where he shot and killed both officers.

The suspect was convicted of the murders and sentenced to life in prison. He was denied parole in 1974 but recommended for parole a year later.

Marshal James had served with the Texhoma Police Department for 15 months. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year, 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to life

alcohol violation

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City Marshal James,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Texhoma. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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May 20, 2022

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