Deputy Sheriff James Harold Blair

Deputy Sheriff James Harold Blair

Simpson County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, June 12, 2020

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James Harold Blair

Deputy Sheriff James Blair was shot and killed while transporting a subject from an involuntary psychiatric evaluation at a mental health facility at 3087 Mississippi 13 in Mendenhall.

The evaluation had just completed, and Deputy Blair was placing the man back into the patrol car when he was attacked. The subject was able to gain control of Deputy Blair's service weapon and fatally shot him before fleeing on foot.

The man was apprehended the following day.

Deputy Blair had served in law enforcement for over 50 years. He is survived by his wife and grandsons, whom they are raising. He was predeceased by his daughter.

Bio

  • Age 77
  • Tour 50 years
  • Badge 25

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

EDP, escape attempt, prisoner custody

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You were the best grandpa a kid could ask for you never let me go without and it’s been the toughest time without you but I’m holding together and making my life right I’m gonna go to college because that’s the one promise I am keeping I made you although we had our fights I always loved you and I couldn’t be the person I am today without you thanks for all you did for me

Anthony Douglas
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May 12, 2021

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