Thursday, May 20, 2010

Detective James E. Anderson

Detective James E. Anderson
San Antonio Police Department, TX
Born: September 15, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 01, 1975
Date of Incident: Tuesday, July 01, 1975
Age: 39
Badge Number: 184
Tour of Duty: 18 yr
Suspect Info: committed suicide
Weapon Used: Rifle .243 caliber
Buried: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
Location of Name on National and Texas Monuments
NLEOMF: P15 - E9
TPOM: 22, C, 19

Detective James Anderson was shot and killed when he responded to an officer down call. The officer who had just been wounded; had responded to the scene of a domestic disturbance. An intoxicated man had just shot at two of his sons, wounding one of them, and then wounded the responding officer.

While responding to the scene on Pike Road, Detective Anderson was fired upon from inside the house, by the suspect who was armed with a .243 caliber rifle with a scope. The second shot struck him in the head as he was looking for cover. He was and pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. The suspect committed suicide later in the day. Detective Anderson was buried at the Ft. Sam Houston cemetery.

Detective Anderson was survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents, three brothers and two sisters. ----source San Antonio Express News

Detective Anderson had served with the San Antonio Police Department for 18 years.
Detective Anderson served U.S. Army SP4

James was my uncle. His death was a devastating loss to our family that I will never forget and created such a drive inside of me to pursue a career in law enforcement.
I think of him often and wonder how successful he could have been had he been given the chance.
I'd like to thank San Antonio PD for everything they did for our family after his loss.
Sergeant Lori (Anderson) DeSchryver
Retired LAPD/Niece---------from ODMP Reflections

Served as a SP4 in the U.S. Army and was a Verteran of the Korean War.


  1. I remember him from the southeast side where he was a patrolman in the late 60s and was a fair man, I lived on Eisenhauer when the incident that cost him his life happened, as I remember he knew the assailant but I could be wrong but bless him and I thank him for his sacrifice for the citizens of san antonio and it was a rough time then.

  2. His nameplate said " Jim Anderson " and he was a good guy in a world of hate and mistrust in the 70's God bless Him and I know he is looking down and I hope the world will get better and know he didn't fight for a wasteful cause