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 James and Detective Joseph Abrahams 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
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Today, 93 years later, we remember one the worse days in Johnstown Police history. We read your names out loud, never to forget your sacrifice, to keep our City safe.

Erin Kabler

August 31, 2016

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