Deputy Sheriff Thomas W. Bourne

Deputy Sheriff Thomas W. Bourne

Jefferson Davis County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, February 21, 1997

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Thomas W. Bourne

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Bourne and Deputy Sheriff James Rutland were shot and killed by a prisoner they were transporting to prison to begin a 40-year prison term.

The inmate had somehow concealed a handgun and shot them both in the head as they were driving. The patrol car did not have a cage. A female prisoner who was also being transported was not hurt.

The inmate was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death


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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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