Chief of Police Charlie T. Thornton

Chief of Police Charlie T. Thornton

Jackson Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, October 25, 1938

Charlie T. Thornton

Chief of Police Charlie Thornton was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men across the street from the Butts County Courthouse. Both men were convicted of his murder and sentenced to death. They were both executed in the electric chair on December 9, 1938.

Chief Thornton had served as chief of the Jackson Police Department for at least eight years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge CHIEF

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1938

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 76th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 4, 2014

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