Town Marshal Thomas Atkinson

Town Marshal Thomas Atkinson

Red Springs Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, July 22, 1899

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Thomas Atkinson

Marshal Atkinson was shot and killed by the brother of a man he was attempting to arrest.

Despite being wounded, Marshal Atkinson was able to get up and again tried to subdue the suspect when the brother shot him in the chest, killing him. Both subjects then fled the scene.

The man he was originally attempting to arrest was captured in Portsmouth, Virginia, approximately three weeks later. A man thought to be the shooter was arrested in Concord, North Carolina, one month after the incident, but it was not him and he was released. Two weeks later a suspect was apprehended in Scotland Neck and released. In 1903 it was reported he was in the Virginia Penitentiary but it was not him. He was never apprehended.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender At large

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While your killer may have never been caught and prosecuted, he surely faced a higher authority and justice at a later time. Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always sir.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 22, 2020

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