Lieutenant James Lee Sunderland, Sr.

Lieutenant James Lee Sunderland, Sr.

Val Verde County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Friday, June 30, 2006

James Lee Sunderland, Sr.

Lieutenant James Sunderland was killed in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 90, about five miles east of Laughlin Air Force Base.

Lieutenant Sunderland, the passenger of the patrol vehicle which was being driven by his son, also a deputy with the Val Verde Sheriff's Office, were en route to San Antonio to pick up two prisoners.

Their patrol car was traveling east on U.S. Highway 90 about four miles east of Laughlin Air Force Base's main gate at about 2 p.m. when a construction company truck clipped the rear passenger side of the patrol car. The impact caused it to spin into oncoming traffic, where it was struck broadside by a sports utility vehicle traveling west on U.S. Highway 90.

The driver of the sports utility vehicle and Lieutenant Sunderland's son were transported to the Val Verde Regional Medical Center. Lieutenant Sunderland was pronounced dead at the scene.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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On this 10 year anniversary, I am reminded of all those that loved him as a supervisor, and fellow officer. I am comforted by the lovely things said by all those whom lives he touched, as well as those around the world that have left messages for him, and our family. The BLUE runs deep, may God bless you all, and keep you safe.

J. Sunderland, widow
Sunderland family

July 1, 2016

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