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Chief of Police Charlie T. Thornton | Jackson Police Department, Georgia Jackson Police Department, Georgia

Chief of Police

Charlie T. Thornton

Jackson Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 25, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 8 years

Badge # CHIEF

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1938

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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.

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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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