Patrolman James Edward "Red" English

Patrolman James Edward "Red" English

Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, November 11, 1948

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James Edward "Red" English

Patrolman Red English succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained four days earlier during a standoff with an ex-convict on South Liberty Street.

Several other officers and civilians were also wounded in the incident when the suspect opened fire from his parents home. The suspect's father had called the police when his son forced him to leave his home after he refused to let him use the family car.

The suspect was convicted of the murder of Patrolman English and sentenced to life in prison November 29th, 1948. He was paroled September 17th, 1970.

Patrolman English was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and had served with the Gastonia Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and three children. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Gastonia, North Carolina.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 11
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, November 7, 1948
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 1970


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I was 6 years old when I saw Officer English get shot behind my home on Ransom St During the police standoff. I still remember that event and his name but I don’t remember my neighbors name other than Ray. Thank you for your service .

Ron Dill

December 29, 2020

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