Patrol Officer James McNamee

Patrol Officer James McNamee

Bristol Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Thursday, January 16, 1930

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James McNamee

Officer McNamee was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle containing several robbery suspects. During the stop one of the suspects shot Officer McNamee in the back. The suspects fled but were all apprehended. The 19-year-old shooter was sentenced to life in prison. In 1948 state officials recommended to the parole board that his term be reduced.

Officer McNamee was a WWI veteran and had been with the agency for just under 10 years. He was survived by his mother and five siblings.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 7

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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A Veteran and a HERO, who continued to serve his fellow man, to make the world better, safer place. While, I bear the same name, and I too was a Police Officer (Cleveland, Ohio. Retired 3/6/2019) I am no blood relation (that I am aware of) But, we are all Brothers & Sisters in the Law Enforcement Community.

James J. McNamee, Jr.
Cleveland Ohio, Retired

April 20, 2019

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