Marshal Francis M. Thornton

Marshal Francis M. Thornton

Perrysburg City Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, January 5, 1906

Francis M. Thornton

Marshal Thornton succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained one week earlier as he and the deputy marshal questioned five suspicious men in the town's train station. The suspects began to walk away when the two men approached them. When Marshal Thornton called out to them one of the men suddenly turned and opened fire, striking Marshal Thornton in the abdomen and the deputy marshal in the foot.

Three of the five suspect were apprehended immediately but escaped from the Wood County Jail while awaiting trial. Two were recaptured quickly and given a year each at trail. The suspect who fired the fatal shot wasn't apprehended until 10 years later when he turned himself in. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 1 to 20 years in prison

Bio

  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, December 28, 1905
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Marshal Francis M. Thornton of the Perrysburg City Police Department, Ohio and the additional 64 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

January 5, 2018

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