Chief of Police John T. Sisemore

Chief of Police John T. Sisemore

Ruston Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Thursday, November 17, 1898

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John T. Sisemore

Chief of Police John Sisemore was shot and killed while investigating a noise in a wooded area of town located at the present-day intersection of W Colorado Avenue and S Trenton Street in Ruston.

He had just finished eating with his family and had returned to patrol the town when the incident occurred. The assailants were never identified, although it is believed Chief Sisemore was assassinated as a result of his fight against the local moonshiners.

Chief Sisemore had served with the Ruston Police Department for 2 1/2 years and also worked as a Deputy U.S. Marshal. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Never identified

investigation, suspicious activity

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Chief Sisemore,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rushton.


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November 17, 2023

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