Police Officer James Joseph McConkey

Police Officer James Joseph McConkey

Fayetteville Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, December 3, 1977

James Joseph McConkey

Police Officer James McConkey was shot and killed in downtown Fayetteville after a suspect was able to gain control of his service weapon.

Officer McConkey was on foot patrol as a result of a recent rash of burglaries in the area. He approached three suspicious men and a struggle ensued in which he was shot. The subject turned himself in the following morning. He was convicted of manslaughter and armed robbery and sentenced to life.

Officer McConkey was a U.S. Army veteran. He was survived by his wife, parents, and two brothers.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I have always heard the name McConkey and as the wife of a policeman I just recently found out that my husband would take each officer he was training to his grave siteā€”he wanted to make an impact on them and let them know how short life could be and always be aware of the streets and the people on them. As a wife of a retired (36 years) veteran and the mother of twin boys who are also on the Fayetteville Police Department my heart and prayers are always with the men and women in blue. God Bless and always stay safe.

Deborah Baxley (wife of Charlie Baxley)

May 29, 2018

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