Patrolman James Lee Mobley

Patrolman James Lee Mobley

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, January 25, 1970

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James Lee Mobley

Patrolman James Mobley was shot and killed while he and his partner responded to a stabbing call at 540 Bolander Avenue.

While en route to the scene they spotted a possible suspect. They stopped and placed the suspect in the back of the vehicle, then continued on to the scene. While they were driving, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot both officers in the back, fatally wounding Patrolman Mobley. His partner returned fire, seriously wounding the suspect. His partner recovered from his wound.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death on March 25th, 1971. He died in prison on November 12th, 1971, from kidney disease.

Patrolman Mobley had served with the Dayton Police Department for one year. He was survived by his parents, brother, and two sisters.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 150

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman James Lee Mobley of the Dayton Police Department, Ohio and the additional 50 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

January 25, 2021

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