Deputy Sheriff James Lee Clarius

Deputy Sheriff James Lee Clarius

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Saturday, October 5, 1996

James Lee Clarius

Deputy Clarius was killed while involved in a struggle with an armed robbery suspect. During the struggle the suspect was able to gain control of his service weapon and shot him four times.

Deputy Clarius was found in the street by a resident approximately ten minutes after the incident. The suspect turned himself in three days later. He was convicted of first degree murder on April 27, 1999, and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Clarius had served with the agency for 9 years. He is survived by his wife and two young sons.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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Oct. 5, 1996 - the day society lost but heaven gained.
Selfishly we mourn yet we are so blessed to have known you.
From the time we met working at RPSO - Always up to something .... never a dull moment on shift.

Never to be forgotten.

Sonya Wiley-Gremillion
Rapides Parish 911-OHSEP

May 11, 2017

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