Police Officer Bobby Lee James

Police Officer Bobby Lee James

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, June 26, 1968

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Bobby Lee James

Officer Bobby James was killed when his cruiser was forced off of the road while chasing the suspect who had just shot and killed Officer Ben Gerhart.

Officer Gerhart had stopped the suspect after observing the man and a woman throwing bottles from their car. He placed the suspect in his cruiser and returned to the vehicle to talk to the woman. The man suddenly ran back to the car and retrieved a handgun from under the seat and opened fire as Officer Gerhart drew his weapon. The suspect then stole Officer Gerhart's weapon and fled the scene.

Several officers began chasing the suspect after locating the vehicle. During the pursuit, the suspect fired at the officers before forcing Officer James' cruiser off the road on Beaumont Highway near Talcott Lane. The suspect fled on foot but was shot and killed in an ensuing shootout.

Officer James served with the Houston Police Department for 17 years and was survived by his wife, mother, three daughters, and two sons.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 1142

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Shot and killed

murder suspect, vehicle pursuit

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I am Bobby James nephew. I was born in 1969 and never personally knew my uncle. I am sure he would have made a major impact on my life had I known him. My aunt was never over his loss. Rest in peace uncle Bob and thank you for giving it all for the great city of Houston.

Shannon Fails Nephew

May 16, 2022

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