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- Nov. 20, 1929 -
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Eastland County Sheriff's Office Agency Patch
Resided: TX, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Nov. 20, 1929
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 56 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Eastland County Sheriff's Office
TX   USA
Dept. Type: County/Police
Hero's Rank: Deputy
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: TX   USA   Wed. Nov. 20, 1929
Summary: Deputy Jones succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day during an escape attempt by a suspect who was in jail for the murder of two police officers, Officer George Carmichael and Chief George Bedford of the Cisco Police Department, in 1927.

The suspect had been sentenced to death for the previous murders but his conviction was returned to the county court from an appeals court for a sanity hearing. While in jail he had been faking paralysis. Deputy Jones and another deputy had left his cell door open as they completed serving meals. The suspect took the opportunity to run out of his cell, grab a gun from the jailer's office, and then shot Deputy Jones.

A group of 200 townspeople came to the jail, overpowered the other guard, and lynched the suspect.

Deputy Jones was a former police officer who was volunteering at the jail. He was survived by his wife.

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