City Marshal James Robert Cotner

City Marshal James Robert Cotner

Nevada City Marshal's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, March 15, 1930

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James Robert Cotner

Marshal Cotner was shot and killed while attempting to arrest three suspects who were burglarizing a hardware store at 0200 hours. Marshal Cotner and his deputy marshal fired at the suspects as they fled the store but Marshal Cotner was struck by return fire. Marshal Cotner was taken to St. Paul's Hospital in Dallas where he succumbed to his wounds three hours later. Three suspects were arrested two days later.


  • Age 78
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Marshal Cotner, still out and about doing your job at 0200 hours at the age of 78. No question you were one tough guy and your murder a true loss to law enforcement.

It's now been 88 years and you are still honored here.

God Bless and may your rest continue in peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

March 15, 2018

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