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Marshal James S. Thomas | Baldwin Police Department, Florida Baldwin Police Department, Florida

Marshal

James S. Thomas

Baldwin Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 8, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Charged with murder

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Marshal Thomas was shot and killed while questioning a man about a disturbance. He had been called to a local store and found that the suspect was gone. After interviewing witnesses he went to locate the man in order to get his side of the store. He located the man near a train depot and began to question. Upset that he was being accused of creating a disturbance, the man suddenly produced a gun and shot at Marshal Thomas four times, fatally striking him twice. The marshal's son was at the scene and was able to disarm the suspect. As he tended to his father's injuries the suspect escaped, but turned himself in the next day in Gainesville and was indicted on murder charges.

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This was my great grandfather on my mother's side. I remember the stories about this and how my Uncle Lacy Thomas would never speak of it. My grandmother was 21 at the time. I have been out to his grave on occasions when down that way. I stopped by the Baldwin PD and the Chief showed me the article he spoke of.

Great granddaughter. Kimberli Orser Rigg
November 16, 2015

 

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