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Chief of Police Thomas Benjamin Wallace | Bessemer Police Department, Alabama Bessemer Police Department, Alabama

Chief of Police

Thomas Benjamin Wallace

Bessemer Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 29, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 26 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/26/1916

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Offender: Apprehended

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Chief Wallace was shot and killed while coming to the assistance of two detectives who were struggling with a prisoner at the corner of 3rd Street and 19th Street. The detectives had arrested the man a few blocks away and were walking him to jail when the suspect suddenly began fighting with the two.

During the initial arrest one of the detectives had taken a revolver from the man and placed it in his pocket. As the suspect struggled with the detectives he reached inside the pocket and retrieved the revolver. He fired a shot that passed through one of the detective's knee and struck Chief Wallace in the chest just as the chief came to their assistance.

Chief Wallace was taken to Elizabeth Duncan Hospital where he died three days later.

Chief Wallace had served with the agency for 26 years. He was survived by his wife.

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