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Correctional Officer Jack L. Thompson | Hutchinson County Sheriff's Department, Texas Hutchinson County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Correctional Officer

Jack L. Thompson

Hutchinson County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, June 11, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 7 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 50 years

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Officer Thompson was shot and killed with his own service revolver in the Hutchinson County Jail after being overpowered by two inmates when he opened their cell door. After shooting Officer Thompson, the two men took his gun and keys and fled the jail. They were both arrested the following day. They were found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison but had their convictions overturned. During a second trial one of the suspects was acquitted and the other was sentenced to 50 years.

Officer Thompson had been with the agency for 7 months and was survived by his wife and three sons.

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I knew Jack Thompson from long time ago, He was a quiet, sincere man trying to do the best possible with a physical handicap. I will always remember him.

George Noel Weeter
- just an old buddy of time past
July 12, 2015

 

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