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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We cannot fully honor our heroes of the present without paying tribute to our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 95th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

April 8, 2017

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