Lieutenant James L. Cribbs

Lieutenant James L. Cribbs

Lehigh Valley Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Thursday, December 2, 1920

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James L. Cribbs

Lieutenant James Cribbs was shot and killed as he and other detectives attempted to apprehend several men who were stealing cases of cigarettes from a train in the railyards at Niagara Falls, New York.

The men had unloaded 22 cases of cigarettes and were preparing to load them on a truck when the officers confronted them. The subjects immediately opened fire on the officers, fatally wounding Lieutenant Cribbs.

Lieutenant Cribbs was taken to Mount St. Mary's Hospital where he died several hours later.

Lieutenant Cribbs was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location New York
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available


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Lt. Cribbs,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.


United States Border Patrol

December 2, 2020

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