Police Officer James Charles Boswell

Police Officer James Charles Boswell

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, December 9, 1989

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James Charles Boswell

Officer James Boswell was shot and killed by a man who claimed to be a DEA informant near the intersection of South Main Street and Westridge Street.

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 Houston Police Department for five years. He was survived by his parents, sister, and three brothers.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 2400

Incident Details

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

traffic stop

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Jim and I went to the Houston police Academy together. I was lucky enough to sit next to him as he and I became very good friends. after the graduation from the police academy we went to separate police stations the 18 weeks that Jim and I spent together at the Academy, I will never forget. Jim was compassionate, friendly to everyone and just a great guy to know. 34 years later I still remember all the good times we had. What a horrible loss.

Richard Brown

Richard Brown, Police Officer
Houston Police Department

November 17, 2023

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