Sergeant James Stanwood Noyes

Sergeant James Stanwood Noyes

New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire

End of Watch Monday, October 3, 1994

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James Stanwood Noyes

Sergeant James Noyes, head of the SWAT team, was at home with his family when he heard about a standoff in Gilford, New Hampshire, involving a despondent man who had lost his wife earlier in the year.

The subject had barricaded himself in his home. Sergeant Noyes responded with the team in the hopes that, as an expert hostage negotiator, he could talk him into putting down his weapon.

While Sergeant Noyes was outside the building speaking to him, the man fired several shots. One shot struck him in the wrist, and the second struck him under the left arm, bypassing his vest. The subject then committed suicide.

Sergeant Noyes had served with the New Hampshire State Police for 17 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons. His oldest son followed in his footsteps and joined the New Hampshire State Police in December 2001, and in 2020 he was promoted to the head of the New Hampshire State Police.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 502

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Committed suicide

barricade, swat

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I was best friends with Jim as we grew up together in Haverhill. Had a large family and great parents. He is a true hero and I’m am so glad to hear that his son has followed in his footsteps. I think of him every year on May 4th.
To his family, just want to acknowledge that I was raised with him . A great human being.
Dean Thurston
Fall River ma.

Dean Thurston

August 7, 2021

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