Patrol Officer James Moran

Patrol Officer James Moran

Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, April 4, 1892

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James Moran

Officer Moran was shot and killed while questioning a burglary suspect. He and another officer were on patrol in the early morning hours when they noticed two men carrying bags of flour. When the approached the men one fled and Officer Moran's partner chased after him. As Officer Moran talked to the second suspect the man pulled out a gun and shot him. Officer Moran was taken to his home where he succumbed to his injuries two days later.

The suspect and his accomplice were two of six inmates who escaped from a prison work camp. He was arrested, charged with murder, and released when the only witness could not positively identify the suspect. Months later another murder warrant was issued when more evidence surfaced. He was found in 1894 in a jail in Tallahassee, Florida. He was brought back to Charlotte, but again released when the evidence was found to be insufficient.

Officer Moran had been with the agency for three years.


  • Age 60
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 2, 1892
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender At large

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Patrolman Moran,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Charlotte.


United States Border Patrol

April 4, 2012

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