Detective Sergeant Charles E. James

Detective Sergeant Charles E. James

Pine Lawn Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, January 9, 1983

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Charles E. James

Detective Sergeant Charles James was shot and killed while he and other members of his agency served a search warrant on a home in the 6000 block of Grimshaw Avenue.

He was the first member of the team to make entry and was shot when the suspect opened fire. The other officers took the subject into custody.

The subject was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for 50 years.

Sergeant James had served with the Pine Lawn Police Department for five years. He is survived by his daughter, two sons, parents, and sister.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 107

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

search warrant

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I pay tribute to you, Charlie, on behalf of our fellow high school classmates. You always had a smile on your face & were never the serious type back then!

Your passing was not only a shock but a terrible tragedy.
We were humbled but heartbroken by your sacrifice...

May you continue your rest until we all meet again.

Diana Rosner Kiernan, fellow classmate
Northwest High School (St. Louis) Class of 1969

February 4, 2018

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