Policeman James H. Carter

Policeman James H. Carter

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, March 18, 1928

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James H. Carter

Policeman James Carter was shot and killed while searching two suspects at Alpine Street and Grand Avenue.

As he searched the first suspect, the second man stepped back and shot Policeman Carter. Despite being mortally wounded, Policeman Carter returned fire and pursued the suspects until he collapsed.

It was just before dawn when the shooting occurred. A 12-year-old newspaper boy on his way to deliver his papers heard the shots and went to the scene. Policeman Carter pointed to a call box, gave him his key, and told him what to do, which he did with the help of another newspaper boy who was taller and able to speak into the receiver and got help on the way.

A suspect was later arrested, but there was no information about charges or a conviction.

Policeman Carter had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for over three years.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 3 years, 9 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Carter,
You are a true American hero! I’m thankful for you and your heroic duties as you served our fine City. I just drove passed your memorial sign at Alpine St and Grand Ave, as I’ve seen many in this great City. I’m on duty 10-8 in my LA County Sheriff’s Department issued patrol vehicle. I want to honor you for your ultimate sacrifice and thank you for your dedication. It’s men and women like you who make this world great! Godspeed and REST IN PEACE!

Deputy Louis B Lave
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department ~ County Wide Services

October 17, 2023

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