Remembering Patrolman Michael H. James

Please take a moment to include Patrolman Michael H. James in your thoughts today.

Patrolman James stopped a pickup driving westbound on Colorado SH 24 near Limon December 18, 1976. While James was running a driver’s license check, the driver assaulted him and took his service revolver. James tried to regain control of the situation but he was shot several times. The suspect left James beside the road and disabled the patrol car radio. A short time later, a truck driver with a CB radio called the Limon dispatch office and reported a wounded officer. James was dead by the time the doctor arrived. The suspect surrendered after three hours and was later convicted of robbery, murder, and being a habitual criminal. He was sentenced to three life terms.

James entered the Patrol May 9, 1971.

(Information provided by the Colorado State Patrol Alumni Association)