Deputy Sheriff James Weldon Hill

Deputy Sheriff James Weldon Hill

Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, November 9, 1964

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James Weldon Hill

Deputy James Hill was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a call involving a suicidal man on Ard Road.

The man was reportedly holding a woman and her children hostage and was threatening to kill himself. As the deputies approached the building, the suspect opened fire with a .30-.30 rifle through the bedroom window, striking Deputy Hill in the chest and ankle. Deputy Hill was transported to Baylor Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Deputy Hill was a United States Marine Corps veteran and served with the Dallas County Sheriff's Department for two years. He was survived by his expectant wife, son, parents, brother, and three sisters.

He was buried at the Mount Calm Cemetery in Mount Calm, Texas.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Committed suicide

domestic, hostage, suicidal subject

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I was always told stories about you and my father, Walton Dean Harkins. I have a photo of you and him together and I look at it everyday. My Aunt Carol always said you were like another brother to her. I had to look for you here, I knew I would find you.
**Thank you for your great service and ultimate sacrifice♡

Cheyenne Harkins-Olexy
Daughter of best friend

March 31, 2023

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