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Hero Down: Pioneer PD Chief James ‘Jamie’ Wallis Found Dead Of Suicide In Patrol Car

Pioneer, LA – Pioneer Police Chief James Lee “Jamie” Wallis died of suicide on Sept. 27.

The 59-year-old police chief was found dead inside his patrol car at approximately 1 p.m. after police received a report of shots fired, KTVE reported.

The Louisiana State Police (LSP) determined Chief Wallis’ death was a suicide, according to KNOE.

Chief Wallis served with multiple law enforcement agencies prior to taking over at the leader of the Pioneer Police Department, according to his obituary.

His friends and family posted memories and condolences on the fallen chief’s obituary tribute wall in the wake of his tragic death.

“I am so sorry for your loss…Jamie was a brother officer and was also a friend,” one post read. “Terri, you and your family will be in my prayers…God bless y’all…”

Another citizen said Chief Wallis “always had a smile to share.”

“My heart aches for you and all who love him. I’m sure he’s smiling down on you now,” the post read.

“[To] the entire family, Please accept my very deepest sympathy at the passing of Jamie,” a longtime friend wrote. “I can well remember when he was a baby and how much he was loved then. Throughout his life, he has always been a source of joy to his mother and extended family. Such a loss is very sad for those of us left here on this earth, but we all know of Jamie’s testimony and how much he loved his God! You have been and will continue to be in my prayers.”

Chief Wallis leaves behind his wife, Terri, as well as his children and grandchildren, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his mother, stepfather, stepmother, and siblings.

Chief Wallis was laid to rest on Oct. 1.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Pioneer Police Chief James Lee “Jamie” Wallis, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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