Deputy Sheriff Ames Randolph Jones

Deputy Sheriff Ames Randolph Jones

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, March 31, 1948

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Ames Randolph Jones

Deputy Sheriff Ames Jones succumbed to complications of a gunshot wound sustained on January 21st, 1929, inside the Hall of Justice building in Los Angeles.

He and another deputy were escorting two state convicts back to jail on the upper floors of the building following a court appearance. As the elevator passed the ninth floor, one of the prisoners produced a handgun, and a shootout ensued inside the elevator. The elevator operator was able to grab the prisoner's arm as he shot, but one of the shots struck Deputy Jones in the throat.

Despite his wounds, Deputy Jones and the other deputy shot and killed the subject. The second prisoner was also wounded.

Deputy Jones' condition continued to worsen, and he had to medically retire on December 5th, 1937. He passed away from complications of the gunshot wound on March 31st, 1948.

Deputy Jones was a United States Army WWI veteran. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, January 21, 1929
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

escape attempt, prisoner custody

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Deputy Sheriff Jones,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 31, 2023

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