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Officer Thomas Goslee | Hot Springs Police Department, Arkansas Hot Springs Police Department, Arkansas

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Thomas Goslee

Hot Springs Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Thursday, March 16, 1899

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/16/1899

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: One killed, four arrested

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Officer Thomas Goslee, Officer J.E. Hart, and Chief Thomas Toler were shot and killed by a neighboring sheriff, his son, and three of his deputies, during an argument over a mayoral election.

The sheriff and his deputies came into town and started arguing with the officers and a local bartender. The men left, but later returned. A gunfight ensued when the bartender attacked one of the deputies with a knife. All three Hot Springs officers, the bartender, and one of the deputies were killed.

The sheriff, his son, and his other two deputies were arrested and charged with murder. Two were tried and acquitted. The trials of the other two ended with hung juries.

Officer Goslee was survived by his wife and three sons.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 112th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
March 16, 2012

 

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