Jailer James M. Truitt

Jailer James M. Truitt

Hood County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, July 20, 1886

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James M. Truitt

Jailer James Truitt was shot and killed in retaliation for his duties as a jailer. In 1875 Jailer Truitt participated in the arrest and execution of a suspect. A family member of the suspect vowed revenge on Jailer Truitt. Shortly after Jailer Truitt resigned in 1886 the family member tracked him down and lived up to his promise of killing him. Jailer Truitt was shot and killed in front of his family and his home in a neighboring county.

Jailer Truitt had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Rest in Peace Jailer James M. Truitt. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.

I Pray for Peace for your Family. Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever pursue your murderer. May he burn forever in the lake of fire.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

July 20, 2016

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