Correctional Officer James Payton Jones

Correctional Officer James Payton Jones

Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

End of Watch Sunday, February 17, 1935

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James Payton Jones

Correctional Officer James Jones was shot and killed during an escape attempt of a large number of convicts at 2:00 pm.

He was assigned to the guard tower at the Oklahoma State Reformatory, in Granite, when the escaping inmates opened fire with a shotgun, killing him. The inmates obtained two guns that had been smuggled into them and took a school group hostage as the group took a tour.

Correctional Officer Jones' wife was standing on a porch a short distance away at the time of the shooting and witnessed her husband's murder.

Correctional Officer Jones had been with the agency for three years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

escape attempt

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 77th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 12, 2012

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