Sergeant James Delbert Mitchell, Jr.

Sergeant James Delbert Mitchell, Jr.

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, November 11, 1985

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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The spot shown on the map is the Amarillo Police station. James was a great Officer great father husband and a friend. He worked hard and as a shift sergeant he took care of his men and fellow officers. I’ll always remember him as a friend and a cops cop. He always tried to do whywas right. That’s what he was doing when he was murdered by a worthless coward.

Sgt. Michial Dunlap retired
Amarillo Police

January 1, 2019

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