Patrolman James N. Bush, Jr.

Patrolman James N. Bush, Jr.

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, December 29, 1978

James N. Bush, Jr.

Patrolman James Bush was stuck and killed by a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver. Patrolman Bush was directing traffic at the scene of an accident on South Third Street when the he was struck. The suspect was arrested at the scene and charged with vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

This incident lead to the Memphis Police Department issuing reflective vests to every officer.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with vehicular homicide

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Patrolman Bush,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Memphis. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 29, 2018

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