Corporal James Roy Outlaw

Corporal James Roy Outlaw

Bethel Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, November 20, 1993

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James Roy Outlaw

Corporal Outlaw was killed when his patrol car struck a tree during a vehicle pursuit. Corporal Outlaw was riding with a trainee when they attempted to stop a suspected DUI driver. The suspect fled and the officers pursued him. During the pursuit the vehicle went off of the roadway and struck the tree. Corporal Outlaw succumbed to his injuries before he could be extricated from the vehicle. His trainee sustained serious injuries and had to medically retire. The suspect was apprehended in a neighboring jurisdiction, but was only charged with traffic violations, and was not charged in connection with Corporal Outlaw's death.

As a result of Corporal Outlaw's death, and other high-profile cases, the North Carolina General Assembly later changed the law to make speeding to elude an officer a felony instead of a misdemeanor.

Corporal Outlaw was posthumously recognized by the North Carolina DARE Officer's Association for his work as a DARE officer. He had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 602

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Charged with traffic violations

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It was not a trainee that was with Office James Outlaw. I was A Dect. That had been a Police Officer for 3 years. Also I had taken 3 Police Driving Courses. Also I have had 7 Operations Due to this Accident. Most recently my lower Back. I also suffered a Server C.H.I. which has still messed up a lot of my Memory. I Love James like a Little Brother ! He Helped me on a lot of Sex Crimes Cases ! He was A Great Friend To Me.
Dect. Dee Blessing Ellis

Dect. Dee Blessing Ellis
Was Bethel Police Department

June 6, 2019

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