Jailer John Russell Harris

Jailer John Russell Harris

Hinds County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Tuesday, July 18, 1922

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John Russell Harris

Jailer John Harris was shot and killed by an inmate who was attempting to escape from the Hinds County Jail. Another person had smuggled a handgun to the prisoner.

The inmate had been sentenced to death for the murders of Federal Prohibition Agent Jacob Green and Town Marshal William Dunnam, of the Richton Police Department.

Despite being shot, Jailer Harris was able to shoot and kill the prisoner after overpowering him and gaining control of the handgun. Jailer Harris then walked to sheriff's office where he told the sheriff what had happened before dying.

Jailer Harris had served with the Hinds County Sheriff's Office for 10 years.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available


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Jailer Harris,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hinds County.


United States Border Patrol

July 18, 2022

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