City Marshal William Aaron James

City Marshal William Aaron James

Texhoma Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Sunday, May 20, 1962

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.

Marshal James had served with the agency 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

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 20, 2015

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