Sheriff Jackson Stanland

Sheriff Jackson Stanland

Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, November 30, 1908

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Jackson Stanland

Sheriff Jackson Stanland was shot and killed at Little Shallotte when he and his posse attempted to arrest a man on a warrant for breaking into a store and for being a deserter from Fort Caswell.

Members of his posse arrested the suspect and incarcerated him in the jail at Southport.

On January 29th, 1909, the suspect, Jesse Walker, overpowered the guard and escaped from the Southport Jail. On March 7th, 1915, he was recaptured in Brunswick County when he tried to sneak back home to see his wife and child.

Two weeks later a Oklahoma doctor traveling on a train near Wilmington, overheard other passengers talking about Sheriff Stanland's murder and Jesse Walker. The talk about Walker reminded him of a patient he treated for gunshot wounds in Braggs, Oklahoma, in June of 1909. The patient known to him as Paul Williams was seriously wounded in a gunfight with three officers and killed Braggs Deputy Constable George Kirk. Williams was convicted of murder and sentenced to 30 years. In 1914 he escaped from the Oklahoma Penitentiary. The doctor went to the jail in Southport and positively identified the man as Constable Kirk's killer. The man was convicted of Sheriff Stanland's murder and sentenced to 30 years.

In 1919 the man escaped from Central Prison in Raleigh. In 1935 he simply walked back into the prison, told the warden that God had forgiven him, and was ready to settle his debt with the state. During is 16 years of freedom he got married, had children, and led a respectable life as a business man in Gulfport, Mississippi. On June 6th, 1936, he was paroled, taken into custody by Oklahoma officials, and returned to the Oklahoma Penitentiary. He was paroled on July 24, 1944.

Sheriff Stanland was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1944

burglary, deserter, warrant service

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Hi Elizabeth, my husband is the great son of Jackson Stanland. Unfortunately I don't have any other pictures of him either. I do have quite a bit of information on him which I would be glad to share with you. His daughter Murthy was my husband's mother.

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October 28, 2016

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