Trooper First Class James Thomas Brammer

Trooper First Class James Thomas Brammer

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, April 15, 1989

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James Thomas Brammer

Trooper Brammer was shot and killed while he and another officer attempted to serve a warrant on an elderly man for traffic violations. As the officers reached the front door the man's wife informed them he was not home. However, the man was waiting in a bedroom armed with a rifle. The suspect opened fire on the officers, killing Trooper Brammer and wounding his partner. Trooper Brammer's partner was able to return fire and wounded the suspect, who then committed suicide.

Trooper Brammer had served with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 265

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed suicide

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One of the best West Virginia State Troopers I've ever had the privilege of meeting. I wanted to be a police officer for many years because of this man.

Brian Shriver

September 2, 2019

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