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Chief of Police Samuel T. Thompson | Wood River Police Department, Illinois Wood River Police Department, Illinois

Chief of Police

Samuel T. Thompson

Wood River Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, December 6, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Chief Samuel Thompson was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who was threatening his boss.

When Chief Thompson encountered the man, near Ferguson Avenue and Second Street, the man opened fire with a shotgun, striking Chief Thompson. Despite being mortally wounded, Chief Thompson returned fire and killed the suspect.

Chief Thompson had served with the Wood River Police Department as chief for nearly two years. He was survived by his wife and children.

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Rest in Peace, Chief Thompson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 29, 2013

 

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