Deputy U.S. Marshal James Bourland

Deputy U.S. Marshal James Bourland

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, May 24, 1906

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James Bourland

Deputy Marshal Bourland was shot and killed by a man he had arrested the previous day and with whom he also had previous encounters. The suspect and Deputy Marshal Bourland encountered each other in a saloon in Anadarko, Oklahoma, early the following morning. The suspect immediately drew his gun and shot Deputy Marshal Bourland in the stomach. Deputy Marshal Bourland was able to return fire and shot the suspect in the leg.

Both men were taken to a local doctor's office where Deputy Marshal Bourland died the following morning. The suspect had his leg amputated and also died the following day.

Deputy Marshal Bourland also served as a deputy sheriff for the Caddo County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Department.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Incident Date Wednesday, May 23, 1906
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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May 25, 2015

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