Police Officer James N. Bush, Jr.

End of Watch Friday, December 29, 1978

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Police Officer James N. Bush, Jr.

Officer James Bush was struck and killed by a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver. 

Officer Bush was directing traffic at the scene of an accident on South Third Street when he was struck. The suspect was arrested at the scene and charged with vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

This incident led to the Memphis Police Department issuing reflective vests to every officer.


  • Age: 24
  • Tour: Not available
  • Badge: 247

Incident Details

  • Cause: Vehicular assault
  • Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender: Charged with vehicular homicide