Police Officer James R. Walraven, Sr.

Police Officer James R. Walraven, Sr.

Texarkana Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, July 23, 1929

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James R. Walraven, Sr.

Officer James Walraven was shot and killed by a man whom he had arrested for being drunk in public two days earlier.

As Officer Walraven walked his beat, he sat down on a bench in front of a local filling station. The man he had previously arrested approached him and pulled a handgun. After several misfires, the suspect shot Officer Walraven several times. Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Walraven returned fire and mortally wounded the suspect.

Officer Walraven had served with the Texarkana Police Department for 17 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Officer Walraven,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Texarkana.

United States Border Patrol

July 23, 2019

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