Chief of Police James H. Durand

Chief of Police James H. Durand

Hobson City Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, January 22, 1909

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James H. Durand

Chief of Police James Durand succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two months earlier when was shot while investigating claims from a woman that a man had been harassing her.

After Chief Durand spoke to the suspect the man went and obtained a pistol. He then located Chief Durand and shot him in the back. Chief Durand was taken to a hospital in Anniston where he remained until dying on January 22nd, 1909.

The suspect was apprehended in Gulfport, Mississippi, in August of 1912. He was charged with murder but released after two mistrials.

Chief of Police Durand had served with the Hobson City Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, and sister.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 10, 1908
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Released


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City Marshal Durand,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hobson City.


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January 22, 2018

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