Department: North Las Vegas, Nevada, P.D.
End of Watch: November 30, 1973
Officer James Slagle was killed in an automobile accident at East Lake Mead Boulevard and Pecos
Street while attempting to apprehend three robbery suspects at 1:45pm. A robbery at the Vegas Village
Store near Las Vegas Boulevard and Owens was reported to Officer Slagle. Several suspects were
fleeing in a vehicle when Officer Slagle arrived and he gave chase north on Las Vegas Boulevard to East
Lake Mead then east. The high speed chase ended at Pecos Street when Officer Slagle collided with a
pick-up truck which pulled in front of his patrol vehicle despite his lights and siren. Officer Slagle avoided
a full impact with the pick-up truck preventing serious injury to its driver and as a result collided with a
power pole which killed him instantly. The robbery suspects were later apprehended.
Officer Slagle had served with the agency for two years. He was survived by his wife, Kris, and baby
daughter. The North Las Vegas Police Department, main station, was named the
James B Slagle Public Safety building in 1985.