Lieutenant James William Lance, Jr.

Lieutenant James William Lance, Jr.

Southaven Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, October 7, 1988

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James William Lance, Jr.

Lieutenant James Lance was shot and killed at approximately 1:30 am after stopping a car that matched of the description of one used in several armed robberies in Memphis, Tennessee.

As he was handcuffing the male passenger the female driver exited the vehicle and opened fire on him, striking him several times. He was able to return fire but did not strike the shooter. The suspects were later apprehended and convicted of his murder. Both were sentenced to life.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Two sentenced to life

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Lt. Lance,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Southaven. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 7, 2018

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