Detective James E. Boevingloh

Detective James E. Boevingloh

University City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, January 23, 1970

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James E. Boevingloh

Detective Boevingloh was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a silent alarm at a jewelry store on Delmar Street. When the officers arrived Detective Boevingloh called out to the store's owner but received no response. As the detectives proceeded to the back of the store one of the two suspects shot through a door, striking Detective Boevingloh in the chest. The officers returned fire and wounded one of the suspects. Both were arrested and sentenced to life but released after serving only seven years.

Detective Boevingloh had been with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his wife, son and two daughters.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Released after 7 years

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Obituary for Jim's widow Cherie O'Gorman:

O'Gorman, Cherie R. (nee Jennings), Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 78. Beloved wife of James A. O'Gorman and the late Detective James E. Boevingloh; loving mother of James E. Jr. (Chris) Boevingloh, Nancy M. (Tim) Boevingloh and Jeanne Hendrickson; sister of the late James Stanley Jennings; dear grandmother of Kimberly (Ian) Toogood, Tammi, Michelle and the late Jason (Amber) Levy; great-grandmother of Tanner, Avery, Isaac, Xavier, Israel, Arcevia, Kara, Alyssa, Addie and Jasmine; our dear sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend to many. Mrs. O'Gorman retired from McDonnell Douglas and Western Anesthesiology. Services: Funeral Monday, January 6, 9;30 a.m. from COLLIER'S Funeral Home, 3400 N. Lindbergh to Holy Spirit Church, 3130 Parkwood Lane, Maryland Heights 63043, Mass 10 a.m. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Holy Spirit Hands or the Backstoppers. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Sunday.

John Boevingloh

January 7, 2014

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