Deputy Sheriff James Brent McCants

Deputy Sheriff James Brent McCants

York County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, September 25, 1992

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James Brent McCants

Deputy Sheriff James McCants was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Dave Lyle Boulevard, near I-77, in Rock Hill.

Unbeknownst to Deputy McCants, the two occupants had just stolen the car two hours earlier while carjacking two citizens in Charlotte, North Carolina. Both men fled and abandoned the car nearby. They were both arrested within hours.

Both subjects were convicted of Deputy McCants' murder. One was sentenced to life in prison and the other was sentenced to death.

Deputy McCants had served with the York County Sheriff's Office for two months and had previously served with the Rock Hill Police Department for approximately 16 months.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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Thinking about Brent today. I remember racing to get to him from about 20 miles away when the call went out over the radio. He was already gone by then but he soon had brothers and sisters from many agencies searching for the animals that murdered him. They totally ambushed Brent but cowered in submissive fear when they were found. I wish they could have received the swift judgement they deserved that night. Rest in peace my brother.

Trooper GD Vickery

June 6, 2021

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