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Deputy Sheriff James Brent McCants | York County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina York County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

James Brent McCants

York County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, September 25, 1992

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Deputy James McCants was shot and killed during a traffic stop.

Two suspects were arrested and later convicted of Deputy McCants' murder. One was sentenced to life in prison and the other was sentenced to death.

Deputy McCants had been employed with the York County Sheriff's Department for 18 months.

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Brent and I went to Army basic training together in 1986 at Fort Jackson, SC. He was always a motivator in our platoon and helped keep moral high, which said a lot considering we were there in June, July, and August during one of the hottest summers I remember. He was definitely one of the reasons I kept motivated then. I went on to become a paratrooper, serve in Desert Storm, and spend time in 3d Special Forces Group. I can truly say that remembering Brent's motivational talks helped me with the rest of my career. I will continue to miss you, brother. Echo Eagles!

Jack Bailey
E Co., 4th Battalion, 1st Basic Training Brigade, Fort Jackson, SC
November 6, 2016


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