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Deputy Sheriff James P. Rutland | Jefferson Davis County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi Jefferson Davis County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

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James P. Rutland

Jefferson Davis County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch: Friday, February 21, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 2 years

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Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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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.

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Deputy Sheriff Thomas W. Bourne
Jefferson Davis County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi
End of Watch: Friday, February 21, 1997
Cause: Gunfire

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

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Mississippi Going Blue
February 21, 2016

 

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