Deputy Sheriff James W. Wood

Deputy Sheriff James W. Wood

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Friday, March 12, 1869

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James W. Wood

Deputy Sheriff James Wood was shot and killed while serving a warrant on a man wanted for attempted murder.

He had gone to the suspect's property to arrest him and met him at the gate. As he read the warrant to the man, the man suddenly raised his gun and shot Deputy Wood in the arm and chest. The suspect then fled a short distance down the road before committing suicide with a knife.

Deputy Wood was able to make it into the suspect's home where he died approximately 30 minutes later.

Deputy Wood had served with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office for only two weeks.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 2 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Deputy Sheriff Wood,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Ouachita Parish.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 12, 2019

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