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Hero Down: Tulsa County Sheriff’s Cold Case Task Force Agent James Norman Dies From Heart Attack

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) Cold Case Task Force (CCTF) Agent James “Jim” Norman suffered a fatal heart attack while traveling out-of-state in late June, according to his department.

The 76-year-old agent passed away on June 22, according to his obituary.

“It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the death a beloved member of our Cold Case Task Force,” the TCSO said in a Facebook post on June 28. “Jim Norman passed away from a heart attack while traveling out of state last week.”

Agent Norman joined the TCSO’s CCTF in 2016 after retiring from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the sheriff’s office said.

He served the FBI for 35 years before retiring in in 1999, according to his obituary.

“Before volunteering to become a member of our CCTF in 2016, Jim dedicated his career to the FBI,” the TCSO said. “He is best known for being the case agent on the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing investigation.”

Agent Norman was a well-respected expert who “brought a wealth of knowledge” to the CCTF, according to the sheriff’s office.

He helped solve cold-case homicides during his time on the CCTF, KWTV reported.

“He was very thorough. He was very experienced,” fellow CCTF Agent Lowell Sprague told the news outlet.

Agent Sprague said he first met Agent Norman when they were both assigned to go to arrest Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy McVeigh on April 1, 1995.

“We were thrown into the trip up there to Perry together just by happenstance, and we worked together all through the trials in Denver,” he told KWTV.

After the trial wrapped up, they didn’t see each other for another two decades, when they both joined the TCSO’s CCTF.

“He will be missed by all of us here, as well as by his family and friends,” the TCSO said. “Rest In Peace Jim. Thank you for your service.”

Agent Norman leaves behind his wife, Sheila, his daughters, Kristi and Ashley, and his three grandchildren, according to his obituary.

He will be laid to rest on Thursday in Bonita, California.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Task Force Agent James “Jim” Norman, 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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