City Marshal Thomas J. Smith

City Marshal Thomas J. Smith

Abilene Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Wednesday, November 2, 1870

Thomas J. Smith

Marshal Thomas Smith was shot and killed and his body mutilated while he and a deputy attempted to serve a warrant. During the incident a shootout ensued and Marshal Smith was wounded. The deputy then fled the area. The suspect, who remained at the scene, then decapitated Marshal Smith with an axe.

Two suspects were arrested in connection with Marshal Smith's murder; one suspect was sentenced to 12 years in state penitentiary, the other suspect was sentenced to 16 years in state penitentiary.

Marshal Smith had been with the agency for one year and also held a commission as a United States Marshal; he had previously served with the New York City Police, Kit Carson Police in Colorado, as City Marshall of Bear River, Wyoming, and as a law agent for the Union Pacific Kansas Railroad line. He is buried in Abilene Cemetery, Abilene, Kansas.

Bio

  • Age 40
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Arrested

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Rest in Peace, Marshal Smith. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 3, 2014

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