Officer James W. Thornton

Officer James W. Thornton

St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, October 16, 1937

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James W. Thornton

Officer Thornton and Officer William Newberry were shot and killed in Campbell Park by a drunk man whom they had ordered to leave a carnival earlier in the evening. The man returned to the park and shot both officers. Officer Thornton was killed at the scene and Officer Newberry died the following day. The suspect was shot and killed a short time later by another officer.

Officer Thornton was killed on his first day as a police officer.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Continue to rest in peace Officer Thornton, we will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you sir are a hero....

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

October 16, 2012

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