Deputy James Leslie Jackson

Deputy James Leslie Jackson

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Saturday, November 8, 1952

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James Leslie Jackson

Deputy Jackson and Sheriff McDonald were attempting to take a subject into custody when the subject opened fire with a rifle.

After arriving at the subject's farm, Sheriff McDonald approached the rear door and was shot by the subject from the doorway. Deputy Jackson was still in the police car and was shot through the door immediately after Sheriff McDonald was killed.

The subject escaped after shooting the officers. A manhunt for the subject was initiated by other officers, and the subject was located after an overnight search. The subject shot and killed himself as the officers closed in.

Sheriff McDonald had known the subject for a number of years, and the subject reportedly suffered from a mental disability.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Deputy Jackson, your service, dedication and commitment are still remembered. The deputy sheriffs of Washington County gained a legacy of honor that can keep them strong, in your name. As you can see from the reflections here, you are still alive in the hearts of your loved ones, even those you never had the chance to know, and in the hearts of fine officers everywhere.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)

April 18, 2017

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