Night Marshal Thomas Preston Stephens

Night Marshal Thomas Preston Stephens

Jenkins County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, April 13, 1919

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Thomas Preston Stephens

Night Marshal Thomas Stephens and Deputy Walter Brown were shot and killed after responding to a report of a man threatening people with a gun in front of a church being used for a lodge meeting.

When Deputy Brown and Marshal Stephens attempted to place the suspect under arrest they were shot and killed by him a several other suspects. The shooting deaths of these two officers sparked riots in the town that resulted in several other people being killed.

Marshal Stephens had served with the agency for 3 years. He was survived by his wife, five children, mother, and three siblings.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Marshal Stephens,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officer who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jenkins County.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

April 13, 2019

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