Wildlife Officer James R. Fields

Wildlife Officer James R. Fields

Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, December 24, 1950

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James R. Fields

Wildlife Officer James Fields was shot and killed after he and his partner encountered two poachers who were illegally hunting at night in the Brown Lake Game Reservation in Calhoun County.

One of the men fled when the officers approached them, with Officer Fields in pursuit. The man took up a concealed position in the darkness and shot Officer Fields when he came near.

On October 3rd, 1951, the man was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was paroled on February 14th, 1957.

Officer Fields had served with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission for four years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1957

poacher, foot pursuit

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Rest in peace Wildlife Officer Fields.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 24, 2019

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