Chief of Detectives James Garfield Britton

Chief of Detectives James Garfield Britton

Sioux City Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Tuesday, July 22, 1919

James Garfield Britton

Detective James Britton was shot and killed when he and three other officers went at 0530 hours to arrest a group of outlaws. When the officers entered the suspects opened fire, fatally wounding Detective Britton. Detective Britton was able to return fire and kill one of the suspects and wound a second. The third suspect was also shot and wounded by another officer.

One suspect, sentenced to life, escaped from Fort Madison Penitentiary in 1921. In 1929 he was recaptured in Vancouver, British Columbia, and returned to Iowa. He was paroled October 18, 1943.

Detective Britton was buried at Graceland Park Cemetery in Sioux City, Iowa.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest in Peace, Detective Britton. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 3, 2014

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