Officer James Allen Joe

Officer James Allen Joe

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, January 14, 1988

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James Allen Joe

Officer James Joe was shot and killed while off duty after observing a burglary-in-progress at an apartment complex. He called for additional units before confronting the suspects and identifying himself as an officer. One of the suspects opened fire on him, fatally wounding him. He was able to return fire and wound that suspect. Officer Joe died in his wife's arms.

The second man testified against the shooter and received 20 years. The shooter was sentenced to death and was executed on December 6th, 1995.

Officer Joe was a U.S Army veteran of the Vietnam war and had served with the Dallas Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and six children.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour 4 years, 3 months
  • Badge 4949
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed

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Officer Joe, your heroic and selfless actions that day are beyond what any words can actually say other than thank you. You are the definition of duty before self. Every bit as much of a hero that day is your beloved wife, for what she dealt with that day and obviously everyday since then, God Bless her and your family. Thank you for your service, both military and police, and know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 24, 2020

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