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Constable James A. Jett | Roane County Constable's Office, Tennessee Roane County Constable's Office, Tennessee


James A. Jett

Roane County Constable's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch: Friday, February 8, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Constable James Jett and Deputy John Swan, of the Roane County Sheriff's Office, were shot and killed as they attempted to raid an illegal liquor still seven miles north of Rockwood, Tennessee.

Several suspects were hiding in an ambush position in a barn. The suspects shot and killed both officers and attempted to conceal their bodies. The suspects tried to move the still to another location and then fled the scene. After several hours, the Roane County sheriff and Harriman City police chief went to the scene and discovered the two bodies.

Two suspects were eventually apprehended and charged in connection with the officer's murders. One was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. He was eventually released and died in Owosso, Michigan, on April 7, 1971. The other was convicted of second degree murder but the Tennessee Supreme Court reversed his case in 1927. On February 25, 1951, he was shot and killed at a cafe in Harriman, Tennessee.

Constable Jett was survived by his wife, three sons, and six daughters.

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Roane County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee
End of Watch: Friday, February 8, 1924
Cause: Gunfire

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I am a great granddaughter, My Grammy was Bonnie Jett Phillips. And even though I never met him, I am honored to be a part of his family tree and proud of his service.

Kim Phillips
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May 14, 2015


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