Deputy Sheriff James Wilson Gamble

Deputy Sheriff James Wilson Gamble

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, May 16, 1954

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James Wilson Gamble

Deputy Sheriff James Gamble was shot and killed as he and his partner stopped to assist what they believed was a motorist stuck in the mud. As they approached the vehicle one of the occupants suddenly opened fire with a shotgun, killing Deputy Gamble instantly.

The subject then shot and wounded the other deputy as he dove for cover. The men were able to flee the area but were eventually apprehended and charged with murder. The 35-year-old gunman was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Deputy Gamble had served in law enforcement for 30 years. He was survived by his two daughters.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Gamble.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 14, 2020

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