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Constable James Uttley
Manitoba Provincial Police

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 16, 1920

Biographical Info
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Not available
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Constable James Uttley and Constable McCurdy were Morality officers who were checking for breaches of the Manitoba Temperance Act.

When the officers went into a local hotel, McCurdy and Uttley went up to check rooms while three other officers went into the restaurant portion on the main floor to check the patrons. Within minutes the sound of several shots was heard from upstairs and two of the officers ran up to check. When these officers were met with more gunfire, the last officer who had also tried to go upstairs turned and left the hotel to find a telephone and summon aid from the St. Boniface Police.

According to the statement of Constable Uttley, read at the first inquest, he and McCurdy found a man and woman in room 8 in an undressed state so they withdrew to give them a chance to dress. This act of chivalry or whatever it might be called probably cost them both their lives. When the officers returned to the room the man had a gun out and fired at McCurdy. The first bullet struck him in the arm and as he went down he was shot again in the head with that bullet entering above the right ear and coming out on the opposite side. Although the wound was fatal, McCurdy did not die until 8:10 am. that morning at St. Boniface Hospital.

The killer escaped and was able to elude authorities in Canada, United States and Mexico for nearly a year before being killed in a shoot out in Chicago.

Related Line of Duty Deaths
Patch image: Manitoba Provincial Police, ManitobaConstable Alexander McCurdy
Manitoba Provincial Police, MB
EOW: Thursday, November 11, 1920
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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