Reserve Deputy John B. Jamison

Reserve Deputy John B. Jamison

Coconino County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, September 6, 1982

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John B. Jamison

Reserve Deputy John Jamison was shot and killed while responding to check on a deputy who dispatchers could not make radio contact with. The deputy had discovered a couple camping in a forest east of flagstaff and requested dispatchers to check on the status of the pickup truck at the scene.

As the male subject came out of his tent he heard the dispatcher on the deputy's radio that the truck was stolen. The male subject immediately produced a handgun and disarmed the deputy. The suspect put the deputy on his knees and was preparing to shoot him when the deputy took out a picture of his wife and baby and pleaded for his life. The suspect decided not to kill the deputy and handcuffed him to a nearby tree. The couple then fled in the pickup truck.

Reserve Deputy Jamison was sent to check on the deputy after dispatchers were unable to reach him via radio. As Deputy Jamison drove up the mountain road he encountered the suspects driving down. He radioed dispatch and to ask if the suspects were driving a black truck. As he began to turn around the suspect stopped the truck and opened fire on the patrol car with a M-16 rifle. The suspect pinned down Deputy Jamison as he approached the car, continually firing. He walked up to the driver's side and shot Deputy Jamison three times. The suspect fired a total of 27 rounds into the patrol car.

The suspects fled but were eventually arrested by Flagstaff police officers and Coconino County deputies. He was sentenced to death and executed in 2000. The female suspect was sentenced to 21 years in prison, but released after serving only 14 years.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 791

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; M-16
  • Offender Executed in 2000

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I was coming on duty as a deputy with CCSD that day. I heard in dispatch, Darla Brown in radio conversation with Doc. She was obviously upset but remained professional. I hurried to get a car and I grabbed a new deputy assigned to the jail division. We left, listening to radio conversation, trying to think through what was happening. I drove code 3 to the Continental interchange and eventually turning down the back dirt road to Walnut Canyon. Sheriff Richards directed me to Winona to join DPS at a road block. I had a feeling Cheney was on that road and I tried to convince Sheriff Richards. I followed his orders and turned around. The Sheriff probably saved our lives. Cheney had taken my neighbor’s orange pick-up, from two boys shooting .22s in the woods. We would have met the truck on that road and not known Cheney and his female accomplice were in the truck. Cheney was captured by Det. K. Pulaski, CCSD.
After the trial and sentencing, the Sheriff called me early one morning, and had me come into the office. Dep. Gene Combs and I were directed in the Sheriff’s office to transport Cheney to the state prison in Florence. Combs was a minister, Richards said we could be trusted to get Cheney to the prison without incident. Doc was in my academy and a friend. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done. Using all the restraint I had.
Doc, I miss your easy going manor, and your medical expertise. Your smile will always be burned into my mind.

Deputy/Detective Todd Cain
CCSD ‘77 to ‘86

April 3, 2021

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