Sheriff Thomas Griffin Thornton

Sheriff Thomas Griffin Thornton

Caroline County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, June 12, 1830

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Thomas Griffin Thornton

Sheriff Thomas Thornton was shot and killed while attempting to serve a writ on a man.

The man was apprehended, convicted of Sheriff Thornton's murder, and subsequently hung on November 26th, 1830.


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Incident Details

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

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Sheriff Thornton,
On today, the 190th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Caroline County.


United States Border Patrol

June 12, 2020

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