Marshal James S. Thomas

Marshal James S. Thomas

Baldwin Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, June 8, 1921

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James S. Thomas

Marshal Thomas was shot and killed while questioning a man about a disturbance. He had been called to a local store and found that the suspect was gone. After interviewing witnesses he went to locate the man in order to get his side of the store. He located the man near a train depot and began to question. Upset that he was being accused of creating a disturbance, the man suddenly produced a gun and shot at Marshal Thomas four times, fatally striking him twice. The marshal's son was at the scene and was able to disarm the suspect. As he tended to his father's injuries the suspect escaped, but turned himself in the next day in Gainesville and was indicted on murder charges.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Marshal Thomas,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Baldwin County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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June 8, 2021

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