Detective John Adams James

Detective John Adams James

Cambria County District Attorney's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, August 31, 1923

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John Adams James

Detective John James and Special Officer Joseph Abrahams, of the Johnstown Police Department, were shot and killed during a riot in the city's Rosedale section.

Two officers from the Johnstown Police Department also died as a result of wounds sustained during the riot. Detective Otto Nukem died on September 12, 1923, and Captain Otto Fink died on November 2, 1923.

The officers were attempting to stop a disturbance involving several men when one, crazed from drinking moonshine, opened fire with a revolver. Other officers arriving on the scene shot and killed the suspect.


  • Age 57
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Shot and killed

civil unrest

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Det. James,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cambria County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 31, 2023

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