Patrolman James W. Campbell

Patrolman James W. Campbell

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, February 9, 1974

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James W. Campbell

Patrolman James Campbell succumbed to gunshot wounds he received when an assailant gained control of his service revolver at a currency exchange at 5111 South Halsted Street in Chicago.

At 9:20 a.m., Patrolman Campbell was filling out a money order when a subject approached him from behind and gained possession of his service revolver. The subject shot him once, and as he lay on the ground, he shot him three more times.

He was transported to Billings Hospital where he died in surgery eight days later.

The subject fled without taking any money and has never been apprehended.

Patrolman Campbell was a United States Air Force veteran and had served with the Chicago Police Department for three years. He was survived by his daughter, son, mother, stepfather, two sisters, two brothers, two step-sisters, a step-brother, and fiancée.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 15250
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, February 1, 1974
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Case not solved


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Patrolman Campbell,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Air Force. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 9, 2024

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