Michael H. James



Date of hire

1971-05-09 00:00


Patrolman James stopped a pickup driven by Robert Montgomery Westbound on Colorado 24 near Limon on December 18, 1975. While James was running a driver's license check, Montgomery assaulted him and took his service revolver. James tried to regain control of the situation, but Montgomery shot him several times. Montgomery left James beside the road and disabled the Patrol car radio. A short time later a truck driver with a CB called the Limon dispatch office and reported a wounded officer. James was dead by the time the doctor arrived. Montgomery surrendered after three hours and was later convicted of robbery, murder, and being a habitual criminal. He was sentenced to three life terms.

Memorial service information

Interment: Pershing Cemetery, Limon, Colorado Section 7, Lot 30, Grave Space 6

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