Officer James Homer Moon

Officer James Homer Moon

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, September 27, 1971

James Homer Moon

Officer James Moon was shot and killed with his own weapon as he and his partner questioned a mentally disturbed person. During the interview the suspect attacked the officer and gained control of Officer Moon's revolver and shot him in the head. He then shot and wounded the other officer. As Officer Moon lay in the street other citizens stole his hat and badge.

His murderer was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years on February 11, 1972. He was denied parole in 2003, and on September 12, 2012.

Officer Moon had served with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for two years. He was survived by his wife, son, parents, and two sisters.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 220

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I remember this day well. I was 9 years old. My dad, JSO retired/deceased Gilbert D. Cannon Jr. telephoned my mom that day, advising her of his friend Jimmy Moon's death.
It is sad that one evil person can create many emotions and affect so many people that don't even know each other. For the surviving family of Officer Moon, I have never and will never forget your lost.
His death was in the back of my mind very often while I myself was on duty. Maybe his death helped me and others in law enforcement survive.
Officer Jimmy Moon you are a true hero. Thank you for your service.

Retired Deputy Gary D. Cannon
Clay County Florida Sheriff's Office

August 12, 2018

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