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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To the family, friends and colleagues of Officer McConkey: I sent my NO PAROLE FOR COP KILLERS letter today, on his behalf. I am very sorry for your loss. Please know that his service and sacrifice will never be forgotten! I celebrated my 4th birthday, the day he was murdered. I feel badly that my special day is also a horribly painful one for you. I will be saying a special prayer for him this December 3rd. God Bless you all!

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Wife of Corrections Deputy

September 21, 2017

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