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City Marshal John T. Thompson | Covington Police Department, Kentucky Covington Police Department, Kentucky

City Marshal

John T. Thompson

Covington Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Monday, February 22, 1869

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 11 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/2/1869

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: suspect never identified

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City Marshal John Thompson was shot in front of the tollhouse of the Cincinnati and Covington Bridge (Suspension Bridge) on February 2, 1869 as he attempted to arrest a person fitting the description of a burglar on the Lexington Turnpike. The bullet entered his abdomen and buried itself in one of the lumbar vertebrae producing partial paralysis to the left lower extremity. It was not possible to remove the bullet and Thompson succumbed to his injury on February 22, 1869.

The murderer was never caught, though a $1000 reward was offered for his identity.

Marshal Thompson is buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

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