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Memorial to James E. Armstrong

James Armstrong

Officer Killed in the Line of Duty

Date of Death: December 20, 1919
Rank: Detective
Age: 40
Years of Service: 16
Marital Status: Married
Children: Three
Location of Death: Union Station


Detective Armstrong tracked a suspect, John McHenry, to Union Station after he shot and robbed a cashier at 1224 14th Street, NW. When Detective Armstrong attempted to stop McHenry inside Union Station, McHenry drew a revolver and shot the detective three time at close range. As the detective fell, he was able to hold onto McHenry long enough for back up to arrive and render the suspect unconscious with a blackjack. 



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