Deputy Sheriff James P. Rutland

Deputy Sheriff James P. Rutland

Jefferson Davis County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, February 21, 1997

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James P. Rutland

Deputy Sheriff James Rutland and Deputy Sheriff Thomas Bourne 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 man was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death


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Mr.Rutland was a personal friend and a fine man. We as a community suffered a loss . I miss talking with him. My condolences to his widow!

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February 20, 2018

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