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Deputy Sheriff Tom Holmes | Perry County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas Perry County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

Deputy Sheriff

Tom Holmes

Perry County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch: Saturday, May 21, 1892

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Blunt object; Lumber

Offender: Lynched

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Deputy Sheriff Tom Holmes was beaten to death by a prisoner he was guarding inside the Perry County Jail.

The Perry County Sheriff discovered Deputy Holmes' lifeless body when he entered the jail at an early morning hour. Because the jail had no cage, Deputy Holmes had been locked inside with the prisoner. The prisoner had managed to slip out of his shackles and crushed Deputy Holmes' skull with a piece of wood. As soon as Perryville citizens learned of the murder, a mob of armed men forced their way into the jail, seized the suspect, and hanged him from the nearest tree.

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Thank you for your service. You are never forgotten. God bless.

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock
May 21, 2017


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