Special Agent James Maurice Bostick

Special Agent James Maurice Bostick

Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Sunday, March 2, 1975

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James Maurice Bostick

Special Agent James Bostick was shot and killed in Gulfport, Mississippi, while conducting surveillance in the North Yard.

During the surveillance Agent Bostick interrupted several suspects breaking into a boxcar. When he confronted them he was attacked and shot five times; twice in the arm and three times in the back of the head.

The suspects then stole all of his personal items, including his gun and badge, and moved his body over 150 yards in an attempt to hide it under straw. His body was not located until early the next morning after his wife called the train yard to inquire on his whereabouts.

Agent Bostick was survived by his wife.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 192

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Mississippi
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Not available


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Agent Bostick, my Father was a Police Officer for the New York Central Railroad for about 5 years before leaving to join the PD of my hometown. I know from some of his stories the risks involved in being a railroad cop are as prevalent as in any LE job. It's infuriating that this happened to you and frustrating in not knowing what happened to your murderers. I take comfort in knowing in my heart that those filth faced true justice, if not in this life, then in the next.

On this solemn 43rd anniversary, I wish you a peaceful rest and God's Blessings, not only for you, but for those who still feel the pain of your being taken.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

March 2, 2018

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