Town Marshal James Joshua Payne

Town Marshal James Joshua Payne

Fairmount Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Thursday, November 26, 1903

James Joshua Payne

Marshal James Payne was shot and killed after he arrested a suspect for the burglary of a local store the previous evening.

Marshal Payne took the suspect into custody and as they proceeded to walk toward the jail about 1:00 pm, the suspect pulled a revolver at the corner of Fifth and Main streets, fatally wounding the marshal. The suspect held back a gathering crowd, firing at three citizens who came to assist Marshal Payne as he lay dying in the street. The suspect fled from the town, but was shot and wounded during his escape.

The suspect, who had been released from prison six months earlier after serving a two-year sentence for burglary, was captured three days later by police in Tiffin, Ohio. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.


  • Age 56
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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On November 26, 2016 the Fairmount Police Department dedicated a Monument to your service on the spot you made the supreme sacrifice. 113 years later a crowd gathered to honor you. "it's never to late" Thank You for your service , WE HAVE YOUR WATCH FROM HERE!

Deputy Brent Ressett
Fairmount Police Department

December 5, 2016

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