Game Warden Jean King Jones, Jr.

Game Warden Jean King Jones, Jr.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California

End of Watch Monday, May 14, 1979

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Jean King Jones, Jr.

Game Warden Jean Jones was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an 18-year-old poacher at McAvoy's Yacht Harbor in West Pittsburg.

He had responded to the area after receiving reports of gunshots when he was shot twice in the leg with a .22 caliber handgun and then beaten. Despite his wounds, he was able to make it to his patrol car to call for help.

An anonymous tip led to the arrest of the suspect the next day. He said he was shooting through some thick brush and did not realize he shot Game Warden Jones. On December 3, 1979 he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Game Warden Jones succumbed to complications of bloodloss two days later.

Game Warden Jones had served with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for four years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 12, 1979
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter


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Warden Jones,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of California. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

May 14, 2019

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