Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Dwayne Janey

Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Dwayne Janey

Putnam County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, August 17, 1989

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Jonathan Dwayne Janey

Deputy Jonathan Janey was shot and killed while conducting a stakeout at a residence believed to be the target of an arson. At approximately 1:15 am he observed a suspect enter the house with two one-gallon jugs. Deputy Janey moved to the side of the house and observe the man inside spreading the contents of the jugs on the floor. The suspect spotted Deputy Janey and fled out of the rear of the house. Deputy Janey gave chase and was able to get catch the suspect and put one handcuff on him.

The man then spun around and struck Deputy Janey in the head with the handcuff, pulled a .357 caliber handgun from the front of his waist band, and shot Deputy Janey twice in the chest. As Deputy Janey lay on the ground the suspect then shot him once more in the head. The suspect was apprehend and sentenced to life. He was denied parole on October 25, 2011.

Deputy Janey had served with the agency for 9 years. He was survived by his parents, sister, brother, two nieces, and a nephew.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 34

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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To the family, friends and colleagues of Deputy Sheriff Janey: I am so very sorry for the unimaginable loss you have suffered. I emailed my NO PAROLE FOR COP KILLERS letter today, in Deputy Sheriff Janey’s honor. I am keeping you in my thoughts, and prayers. I wish that you didn’t have to keep reliving this tragedy with each parole hearing. Thank You Deputy Sheriff Janey for your service and sacrifice. A true HERO ALWAYS! God Bless you all.

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Wife of Corrections Deputy

October 13, 2017

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