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Special Police Officer Tomas January | Mercedes Police Department, Texas Mercedes Police Department, Texas

Special Police Officer

Tomas January

Mercedes Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, June 23, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/22/1924

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Special Police Officer Tom January was shot and killed while attempting to break up a fight at a dance hall in Mercedes.

As he attempted to quell the disturbance one of the men involved pulled out a pistol and shot Officer January twice. Despite his wounds, Officer January was able to return fire and killed the subject. A bystander was shot and mortally wounded by the subject as well.

Officer January was survived by his wife and son. He was predeceased by a daughter.

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God Bless you Officer January. The reunion with your daughter must have been bittersweet.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
July 6, 2017

 

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