Type of Officer: Police Officer
Jurisdiction: Osawatomie
County: Miami
Death Date: 1/20/1895
Added to Memorial: 1991
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
James H. Helms heard an explosion about 3:10 A.M. in downtown Osawatomie Sunday, January 20, 1895. Borrowing a lantern from a friend he went to investigate. Neither officer Helms nor his four companions were especially concerned. His companions allowed him to check the rear of buildings near Main and Church Streets by himself, while they stood and chatted. Less than five minutes later the group heard three shots and a groan. They ran to get weapons and returned. They found the body of officer Helms in a small ditch with a revolver in his hand.