Officer James W. McMahon

Officer James W. McMahon

Southfield Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, January 23, 1971

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James W. McMahon

Officer McMahon was killed when he was stuck by a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver while he was laying out road flares near an abandoned vehicle. The 39-year-old driver was charged with manslaughter and released after posting a $1500.00 bond.

Officer McMahon had been with the agency for two months and was survived by his father, a retired Detroit Police Officer.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with manslaughter

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I was working for the City of Southfield in November 1970, and had the pleasure of meeting Officer Jim McMahon when he was sworn in. He was a gentleman, showed much respect and was honored to become a police officer. We were devastated when we heard of his death. Rest In Peace, you are always in our thoughts.

Laila Azzouz
Southfield Clerk’s Office/Police Department

May 16, 2022

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