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Saturday, December 17, 2011

[OK] Not forgetting Corrections Officer Yvonne Mansfield

...[Yvonne Hart] 
Mansfield was a 
corrections officer 
with the Texas 
Youth Commission 
in Vernon, Texas, 
and attended the 
House of Prayer 
in Blair...

...The call came from Jackson County sheriff's deputy James Mansfield stating that his wife had shot herself... The gun used was James Mansfield's service weapon...

Tulsa World, AP Wire Service.
Aug 19, 2004.
[Excerpts] Police officers found a woman dead after responding to a Jackson County sheriff's deputy's call that his wife had shot herself. Police found Yvonne Mansfield, 32, dead of a gunshot wound and her husband, Deputy James Mansfield, with a gunshot wound to his hand, just before 10 p.m. Tuesday... James Mansfield called 911 and said his wife had shot herself, police 911 logs show... The weapon that was used was James Mansfield's service revolver. Investigators haven't determined who discharged the weapon... Altus Police Chief Mike Patterson said his officers secured the crime scene but turned it over to the OSBI as soon as state investigators arrived... "This is a total surprise to me," Jackson County Sheriff Morris Roberts said. "James has been a good employee." James Mansfield had recently graduated from the Council of Law Enforcement Education and Training after serving as a patrol deputy for about six months. He was hired in 1999 as a jailer by former Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster.

Altus Times
by Mike Andrews
Aug 20, 2004
[Excerpts] An Altus woman is dead and her husband, a Jackson County sheriff's deputy, is recovering from a wound in his hand. Altus police responded to a 911 call at 9:53 p.m. Tuesday at the Apple Creek Apartments on Ridgecrest Road. The call came from Dep. James Mansfield stating that his wife had shot herself, according to 911 logs kept by the Altus Police Department. When authorities arrived at apartment 1114 they found 32-year-old Yvonne Mansfield dead of a gunshot wound and James Mansfield with a gunshot wound to his hand... [Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica] Brown confirmed that the gun used was James Mansfield's service weapon. Brown said that an arrest is not imminent in the case and that it has not been determined who discharged the weapon. The Mansfields' 2-year-old son, who was in the home at the time of the shooting, is staying with relatives...

Altus Times
by Mike Andrews, Times editor
Publish Date: August 19, 2004
[Excerpts] The state medical examiner has determined the cause of Yvonne Mansfield's death to be a gunshot wound to the neck, but the determination as to whether it was suicide may take a couple of weeks... Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy James Mansfield has told investigators that his 32-year-old wife took his service weapon Tuesday night in their Apple Creek apartment in south Altus and that his hand was shot trying to prevent her from committing suicide... After final determination of Yvonne Mansfield's manner of death is made by the state medical examiner, it will be up to District Attorney John Wampler to decide how to move forward with the case... Sheriff Morris Roberts said he has not spoken to his officer but had spoken to Mansfield's attorney, who told him Mansfield would have surgery on his hand tomorrow in an Oklahoma City hospital... Roberts said that if the investigation clears Mansfield, he will be welcome to come back to work with the sheriff's department.

Date: August 20, 2004
Yvonne Hart Mansfield, Altus, was born July 27, 1971, in Texas... and died Aug. 17, 2004, in Altus at the age of 33 years and 20 days. She was married to James Mansfield at Las Vegas on Feb. 13, 2004. Mansfield was a corrections officer with the Texas Youth Commission in Vernon, Texas, and attended the House of Prayer in Blair. She was a graduate of Blair High School and Western Oklahoma State College at Altus...
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  1. AnonymousJuly 17, 2013

    Yvonne was my foster sister and came to live with my family when she was 5 years old. We loved her dearly and miss her so much. The 2 year old child was her son, not James Mansfield's. The ER nurses told me James reeked of alcohol that night. Why would a trained "Cleet" graduate leave a "suicidal" person alone with his gun. He claims he talked her out of shooting herself once and then went to check on the 2 year old and when he came back she had the gun again.

  2. Yvonne was a member of my family that I remember, despite being so young when she was alive. I remember how happy and full of life she was. I remember her being laid and funny and loving her kids and family more than you could imagine. My family has spent 14 years missing her everyday. She didn’t commit suicide, everyone who knows her, knows this. She loved her children too much. She was also a Christian, and we genuinely believe in our hearts that she did not commit suicide.


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