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Chief of Police G. Ord Thompson | Gassaway Police Department, West Virginia Gassaway Police Department, West Virginia

Chief of Police

G. Ord Thompson

Gassaway Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch: Friday, April 30, 1915

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Chief G. Thompson was shot and killed after receiving word that a man wanted for forging checks was at a store at the corner of Elk Street and Depot Street. Unbeknownst to Chief Thompson, the suspect was using an alias and was wanted for the murder of Constable Jeff Goff, of the Wirt County, West Virginia.

As Chief Thompson made his way to the store he asked a local citizen to accompany him to make the arrest. When the two arrived at the store Chief Thompson pulled out his revolver and approached the man. As the chief grabbed the man by the shoulder the man spun around and opened fire with a revolver, fatally wounding Chief Thompson and striking the citizen in the leg.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested several days later in Youngstown, Ohio. He was convicted of Chief Thompson's murder and sent to prison. He died on July 11, 1971, while still incarcerated.

Chief Thompson had served with the agency for only 3 months. He was survived by his wife and four children and is buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Elkins, Randolph County, West Virginia.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Constable Jeff Goff
Wirt County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia
End of Watch: Thursday, April 15, 1915
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest in Peace my brother. I follow in your footsteps and have, like you taken the Oath to Serve and Protect. I am the current Chief of Police in Gassaway, and my prayer is to make all my predecessors proud.

Chief Rick A. Burrows Sr.
Gassaway Police Department
January 28, 2016


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