P.O. James H. Camp #3934

Name: Camp, James H.
Star: 3934
Memorial Panel #: 13
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 021 District
End of Watch: 09 March 1999
Incident Details: Officer James H. Camp, 34, was a 4-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 021 District-Tactical Unit. On March 9, 1999, Officer James Camp and his partner, Kenny King, saw two people sitting in a suspicious vehicle with Indiana license plates. Officer Camp approached the driver’s side door as Officer King walked to the passenger side door, when they noticed the steering column of the vehicle had been tampered with. The officers ordered the driver, Kevin Dean, an ex-convict, out of the vehicle. Dean refused to comply with the order and Officer Camp attempted to physically remove him. According to a prosecution witness, Dean grabbed the officer’s gun and pulled the trigger. However, no viable fingerprints were able to be lifted off the weapon. While the two struggled, Officer Camp’s gun discharged and wounded him. As Officer King attempted to save his partner’s life, Dean and the passenger, Yvonne Harris fled the scene on foot. Responding officers encountered Dean running from the scene with a gun in his hand. Dean used the officer’s gun to fire at the squad car. The officers returned fire-injuring him. Dean later made a full recovery. Tragically, Officer Camp succumbed to his wounds. Yvonne Harris, 38, turned herself in and was questioned about her cousin, Dean. Kevin Dean, 42, was found innocent of Officer Camp’s death, but guilty of disarming a peace officer and possession of a stolen car. Dean was sentenced to 60 years in prison. Officer Camp’s funeral mass was held at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church and he was laid to rest in Rosehill Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Opal; brothers, John Major, Rodney Davis Major and Tony; sister, Mary Galloway; and a stepfather, Meredith Palmer.