Deputy Sheriff Jason Lee Acton

Deputy Sheriff Jason Lee Acton

Randolph County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, June 22, 2000

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Jason Lee Acton

Deputy Acton and Jail Supervisor Leon Egley were shot and killed during an attempted jail break at rural Randolph County Jail.

At approximately 0045 hours, a man and a woman rang the night buzzer at the jail. After being let in, the suspects opened fire on the two deputies, killing them both. Following department regulations, both officers were unarmed while in the jail. There was no barrier separating the deputies from visitors in the lobby. The two suspects were attempting to free a friend who was incarcerated. After they were unable to find keys for the cells, the two suspects fled, but were arrested in Kansas later in the day.

The male suspect was convicted and sentenced to death, and the female suspect pled guilty to murder. The incarcerated friend who planned the jail break was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
The jail was redesigned following the incident to include barriers and videotaped surveillance.
Deputy Acton had been employed with the Randolph County Sheriff's Department for two months.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Deputy Sheriff Acton,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Supervisor for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Randolph County. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections/Detention Officer. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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June 22, 2020

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