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Trooper James Donald Thornton | Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas


James Donald Thornton

Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 2, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 24 years

Badge # 47

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Trooper Thornton was shot and killed while checking on a hitchhiker on I-70 near Topeka, Kansas. The suspect was wanted in New York for the murder of his father. The suspect was shot and killed by other officers when he refused to surrender.

Trooper Thornton had served with the agency for 24 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Being new to KHP only 4 years service. I am honored to serve with such brave men who gave all so that others could be safe. My thoughts will be with your family today.

Sherry Eckman, Lead VIN Inspector
October 2, 2017


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