Jailer James Perry Bagwell

Jailer James Perry Bagwell

Greenville County Department of Public Safety - Detention Division, South Carolina

End of Watch Monday, August 3, 1970

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James Perry Bagwell

Jailer James Bagwell was stabbed to death inside the old Greenville County Jail, located at 32 East Broad Street, at approximately 1:05 am.

He and another jailer were attempting to move an inmate from a cell with multiple prisoners into an individual cell when the man stabbed them both. The prisoner was being moved because he had complained of being sick.

The man was subdued inside the jail by another jailer and a Greenville City police officer who was in the jail at the time.

The subject was convicted of Jailer Bagwell's murder.

Jailer Bagwell had served with the Greenville County Jail for 18 months. He had previously served with the Pickens County Sheriff's Office for 11 years and the Liberty Police Department.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 12 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Convicted


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Rest in peace knowing that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 3, 2020

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