City Marshal John H. Spalding

City Marshal John H. Spalding

Waxahachie Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, December 17, 1882

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John H. Spalding

Marshal John Spalding was shot and killed while coming to the aid of another marshal who was being fired upon. Marshal Spalding was shot in the head during the shootout. The suspect attempted to flee but was shot and killed by a posse.

Marshal Spalding had served with the Waxahachie Police Department for 6 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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He is the great grandfather of the man who wrote/directed the movie "Places in the Heart". The slain Sherriff Spalding on that film were based on him (although the time period in the film is different)

Sean Spalding

May 9, 2021

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