Police Officer James Edgar

Police Officer James Edgar

Newport Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, November 17, 1884

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James Edgar

Police Officer James Edgar succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained 4 days earlier, when he and his partner attempted to arrest five men they had discovered burglarizing a grocery store at the intersection of Ringgold and Monmouth Streets.

When the burglars were discovered, they attempted to flee and a shootout ensued between them and the two officers. Officer Edgar was struck once in the abdomen.

He was taken across the street to a doctor's home and then taken to his home where he remained until he died.

Officer Edgar was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War and had served with the Newport Police Department for only 11 months. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 11 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, November 13, 1884
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Edgar,
On today, the 131st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the Union Army during the Civil War.


United States Border Patrol

November 17, 2015

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