Police Officer Thomas J. Ponder

Police Officer Thomas J. Ponder

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, November 8, 1897

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Thomas J. Ponder

Police Officer Thomas Ponder was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary at a liquor house on Wall Street.

The business had been closed by the county sheriff the previous day. Three men were arrested and charged with murder. The shooter was acquitted and the other two were released.

Officer Ponder had served with the Atlanta Police Department for four years. He survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted


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Officer Ponder,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Atlanta.


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November 8, 2022

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