Lieutenant James E. Bohanan

Lieutenant James E. Bohanan

Vandalia Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, December 30, 1969

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James E. Bohanan

Lieutenant James Bohanan was accidentally shot and killed while serving a warrant on a house with federal agents.

As he came around a staircase one of the agents' weapons discharged. The round struck the ground and ricocheted up, striking him.

Lieutenant Bohanan was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

warrant service, accidental discharge

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Philip Goeble of the Lima Police Department, Ohio and the additional 68 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

December 30, 2022

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