Police Officer James Thomas Gambill

Police Officer James Thomas Gambill

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, December 1, 1936

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James Thomas Gambill

Officer Gambill suffered a fatal heart attack following a violent struggle with a suspect. He and his partner had just arrested the man for threatening to murder his wife and were transporting the man to jail. The suspect attempted to grab Officer Gambill's service weapon while the officers drove on Calhoun Street and a struggle ensued. Officer Gambill's partner had to shoot the suspect five times before the man released his grip on Officer Gambill. Officer Gambill took two steps into the street and collapsed.

Officer Gambill had served with the Houston Police Department for 14 years.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Heroes live forever, Officer Gambill, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Houston and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

December 1, 2013

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