Sergeant James Delbert Mitchell, Jr.

Sergeant James Delbert Mitchell, Jr.

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, November 11, 1985

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James Delbert Mitchell, Jr.

Sergeant James Mitchell was shot and killed while returning home from work when he stopped to render aid at the scene of a one-car accident he witnessed on I-27.

The driver of the vehicle began to flee. When Sergeant Mitchell ordered him to stop he opened fire with a 9 mm handgun, striking Sergeant Mitchell four times.The shooter was sentenced to death and was executed in 2002.

Sergeant Mitchell had been with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Executed in 2002

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Sergeant James D. Mitchell, Jr was an honorable Police Office but most importantly he was a Man with Honor that loved his family more than anything in this world! He had an amazing wife and 2 beautiful daughters, a precious Mother, 2 wonderful sisters and an amazing brother all who were robbed of their Husband and Father, Son and Brother. I know first hand because he was my Uncle. He was my Mothers baby brother. This one act of cowardness by a selfish piece of trash caused so much pain to so many people. He had no remorse and even blamed my Uncle! It was always someone else's fault and he accepted no responsibility at all! I just want everyone to know what a wonderful human being my Uncle Dee was! We will forever miss him! Rest in Peace Uncle Dee! I love you!

Renee' Rickman Stevens
Sgt. James Delbett Mitchell, Jr's Niece

June 24, 2019

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