Police Officer James Charles Boswell

Police Officer James Charles Boswell

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, December 9, 1989

James Charles Boswell

Officer James Boswell was shot and killed by a man who claimed to be a DEA informer. Officer Boswell and his partner were on a traffic stop when the man, unrelated to the traffic stop, came up and began to knock on the officer's window. Officer Boswell rolled down the window and told the man to wait on the sidewalk. The man then began knocking on the window again and was again told to wait. The man then began banging on the roof and window a third time.

Fearing the man would break the glass Officer Boswell exited the cruiser and told the man to wait down the street or he would be put in the cruiser. As he looked away to unlock the cruiser the man pulled out a .38 caliber handgun and shot him in the head. The suspect began to run but was shot in the side by Officer Boswell's partner. The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The man was executed on November 19, 2002.

Officer Boswell had been with the agency for five years and was survived by his parents, sister, and three brothers.

Bio

  • Age 29
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 2400

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 2002

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Dear Jim,
The TCHS Class of 1978 will be gathering to commemorate our 40th anniversary this month. You will be remembered on that night and you will be with us in our hearts.
Your friends and classmates from Texas City, Class of 78

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TCHS Class of 1978 Alumni

September 13, 2018

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