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Town Marshal Robert Edward Thompson | Hardinsburg Police Department, Kentucky Hardinsburg Police Department, Kentucky

Town Marshal

Robert Edward Thompson

Hardinsburg Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Thursday, December 18, 1890

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Apprehended

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Town Marshal Robert Thompson was stabbed to death after arresting a man for being drunk in public.

As he walked the man to the jail the subject suddenly refused to go any further and pulled out a knife. Marshal Thompson summoned the help of a citizen and the two attempted to talk the man into putting the knife down. When he refused, Marshal Thompson hit him with his cane.

The man then struck Marshal Thompson in the chest and arm with the knife. The wound to the arm severed an artery. Marshal Thompson ran to a nearby drug store where he collapsed and died.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested a short time later.

Marshal Thompson had served with the Hardinsburg Police Department for two years.

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I am proud to have served the same department as you. You will not be forgotten and I thank you for your service.

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November 11, 2014


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