The Mobile Police Department has named Corporal Michael James as Officer of the Month for October 2016. James is assigned to the Third Precinct in the Field Operations Division. He joined the department in 1989.
James is recognized for apprehending the suspects connected to the robbery and shooting death of a teen on October 23, 2016. He was actively patrolling the St. Stephens Road corridor when he heard multiple shots from the area of the Exxon gas station at 2272 St. Stephens Road.
James observed two male subjects fleeing on foot. He immediately went into pursuit and was able to take one of the subjects into custody after observing him throw a gun into a garbage can. Further investigation led to the second subject being identified. Both subjects, 17-year-old Fabian Russell and 18-year-old Christopher Logan, were arrested and charged with robbery first degree. Logan was also charged with murder.
According to James’ supervisor, his dedication to duty, relentless pursuit of justice, and unflagging willingness to go above and beyond his required duties are exemplified by his performance.
James also supervises and mentors members of his squad in his current role of acting supervisor for Squad 1.
The Mobile Police Department will honor James at the Officer of the Month Luncheon Wednesday, Nov. 9 at noon at the Azalea Golf Course Club, 1000 Gaillard Drive. The Midtown Optimist Club sponsors the luncheon.