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Deputy Marshal Thomas Harris | Rock Springs Police Department, Wyoming Rock Springs Police Department, Wyoming

Deputy Marshal

Thomas Harris

Rock Springs Police Department, Wyoming

End of Watch: Friday, March 19, 1915

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/14/1915

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and wounded

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Deputy Marshal Thomas Harris was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect wanted for robbing a local saloon.

The saloon keeper was confronted and held at gunpoint as he went out back to obtain a bucket of coal. The man forced him back inside and stole $40 in cash before forcing the saloon keeper to pour him a beer. As the man began to drink the beer the victim fled out of the back and notified Deputy Harris of the robbery.

Deputy Harris located the man hiding in an upstairs room of the saloon. As he shined his light in the room the man opened fire, striking Deputy Harris several times, before fleeing. Other officers shot the subject when they attempted to arrest him a short distance away.

The suspect had to be secretly removed from the jail after a lynch mob attempted to lynch him.

Deputy Marshal Harris was survived by his wife and four children.

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Honoring the remembrance of officer Harris's ultimate sacrifice for the community. You are not forgotten.

Det. Linda (Richard) Simpson ret.
Rock Springs
December 27, 2015

 

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