Deputy Sheriff James Hughes

Deputy Sheriff James Hughes

Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, March 12, 1933

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James Hughes

Deputy Sheriff James Hughes was shot and killed while responding to a call for service at the Cook’s Ice Cream Parlor, located at the corner of Ash Avenue and Van Horn Road (modern-day Truman Road) in Independence.

While investigating reports of an intruder, Deputy Hughes woke a sleeping 19-year-old employee and family member inside the business. The employee shot and killed Deputy Hughes, believing he was a burglar. The shooter was not charged.

Deputy Hughes was survived by his wife and parents.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire

mistaken identity

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It was an honor do bring to light the death of a fellow fallen Jackaon County Deputy. I hope this will allow his memory to live in forever and know that his sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Deputy Herrmann
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

February 28, 2023

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