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Officer George Carmichael | Cisco Police Department, Texas Cisco Police Department, Texas

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George Carmichael

Cisco Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, January 7, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/23/1927

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1929

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Officer Carmichael was shot and killed while he and Chief George Bedford responded to a bank robbery call on December 23, 1927. Officer Carmcihael remaind in a coma until his death approximately two weeks later. The robbery was later dubbed the "Santa Claus Bank Robbery" because the robbers were dressed as Santa Claus. Six civilians were also shot and wounded during the shootout while assisting law enforcement officers.
One of the suspects was shot and killed during the shootout. The other three were taken into custody. When one of them tried to escape he murdered Deputy Thomas Jones, of the Eastland County Sheriff's Department. After finding out about the escape attempt the towns-people came to the jail, overpowered the other guard, and lynched the suspect. The third suspect was convicted of murder and executed in the electric chair on September 6, 1929. The fourth suspect was sentenced to 99 years but paroled in the 1940s.

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