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Town Marshal James Cockrill | Jackson Police Department, Kentucky Jackson Police Department, Kentucky

Town Marshal

James Cockrill

Jackson Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 22, 1902

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/21/1902

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Marshal James Cockrill was shot from ambush and killed as he stood in front of a store. His murder was in retaliation for a previous incident in which Marshal Cockrill and his brother, who was also a police officer, shot and killed a man during an arrest.

The deceased man's brother hired a hitman to murder Marshal Cockrill. The brother was convicted of charges in connection with Marshal Cockrill's murder and sentenced to life in prison; the hitman also served time in prison for the murder.

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Marshal Cockrill,
On today, the 114th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jackson.


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July 22, 2016


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