DA Salyer on Case, 07/12/68: McIlvain speaks to Matagorda County District Attorney Jack Salyer about an investigation into a police-involved shooting, possibly that of James Earl North. North, 17, escaped from the Wharton County jail on July 7. He was recaptured in Houston later that day. Wharton County Sheriff's Deputies Jack Tyler and W. J. Mitchell were tasked with returning North to jail. According to Tyler, North attempted a second escape when the deputies stopped at a service station to repair a flat tire. Tyler said he fired six shots in North's direction after North disregarded orders to stop. North was fatally shot in the back below his shoulder.