Deputy Sheriff James P. Rutland

Deputy Sheriff James P. Rutland

Jefferson Davis County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, February 21, 1997

James P. Rutland

Deputy Rutland and Deputy Thomas Bourne were shot and killed by a prisoner they were transporting to prison to begin a 40-year prison term. The suspect had somehow concealed a handgun and shot them both in the head as they were driving. The patrol did not have a cage. A female prisoner who was also being transported was not hurt.

The suspect was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for the two murders.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Thank you Deputy Rutland for your service and sacrifice. Your memory and honor will never be forgotten. God bless.

Mississippi Going Blue

February 21, 2016

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