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City Marshal John Thomas Ballinger Police Department, Texas

City Marshal

John Thomas "Tom" Hill

Ballinger Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, August 8, 1886

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/6/1886

Weapon: Rifle; Winchester

Offender: Deceased

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Tom Hill, the former city marshal of Abilene, had taken the city marshal’s job at Ballinger and left his wife and family in neighboring Taylor County. An intoxicated saloon owner armed himself with a Winchester rifle and shot out the streets lights outside his saloon. He went to the Palace Saloon and started creating a disturbance. He then fired his rifle and accidentally shot City Marshal Tom Hill in the left foot, when Hill attempted to disarm him. Hill’s foot had to be amputated. The surgery was not a success. Hill died at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 8, 1886.

On October 7, 1886, the suspect was shot and killed in Fort McKavett when he confronted a lawman while armed with a pike.

Hill was survived by his wife and three children. He was buried in the Abilene City Cemetery.

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Marshal Hill,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Army. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
August 8, 2015


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