City Marshal John Thomas "Tom" Hill

City Marshal John Thomas "Tom" Hill

Ballinger Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, August 8, 1886

Add to My Heroes

John Thomas "Tom" Hill

Tom Hill, the former city marshal of Abilene, had taken the city marshal’s job at Ballinger and left his wife and family in neighboring Taylor County. An intoxicated saloon owner armed himself with a Winchester rifle and shot out the streets lights outside his saloon. He went to the Palace Saloon and started creating a disturbance. He then fired his rifle and accidentally shot City Marshal Tom Hill in the left foot, when Hill attempted to disarm him. Hill’s foot had to be amputated. The surgery was not a success. Hill died at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 8, 1886.

On October 7, 1886, the suspect was shot and killed in Fort McKavett when he confronted a lawman while armed with a pike.

Hill was survived by his wife and three children. He was buried in the Abilene City Cemetery.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, August 6, 1886
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Deceased

Most Recent Reflection

View all 8 Reflections

Marshal Hill,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Army. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 8, 2015

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.