Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 2 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 3/16/1899
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: One killed, four arrested
Chief of Police Thomas Toler, Officer J.E. Hart, and Officer Thomas Goslee were shot and killed by a neighboring sheriff, his son, and three of his deputies, during an argument over a mayoral election.
The sheriff and his deputies came into town and started arguing with the officers and a local bartender. The men left, but later returned. A gunfight ensued when the bartender attacked one of the deputies with a knife. All three Hot Springs officers, the bartender, and one of the deputies were killed.
The sheriff, his son, and his other two deputies were arrested and charged with murder. Two were tried and acquitted. The trials of the other two ended with hung juries.
Chief Toler was survived by his wife.