Deputy Sheriff Thomas W. Bourne

Deputy Sheriff Thomas W. Bourne

Jefferson Davis County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, February 21, 1997

Thomas W. Bourne

Deputy Bourne and Deputy James Rutland 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.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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Deputy Bourne thank you for your service to our great state. We will never forget your memory and sacrifice. God bless.

Mississippi Going Blue

February 21, 2016

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