Deputy Sheriff James Leroy Myers

Deputy Sheriff James Leroy Myers

Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, June 3, 1965

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James Leroy Myers

Deputy James "Roy" Myers was shot and killed by a man he stopped for speeding. The suspect was arrested a short time later in Berkeley County. It was discovered that the suspect had been hit five times by Deputy Myers return fire.

The 35-year-old suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. The state supreme court overruled the verdict and ordered a new trial. He was convicted of manslaughter April 23, 1969, and sentenced to 18 years. He appealed his conviction which went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, who refused to hear the case in 1971.

Deputy Myers had served with the agency for 2 years and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 18 years

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 3, 2015

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