Chief of Police Thadeaus Benton Gillis

Chief of Police Thadeaus Benton Gillis

Summit Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Thursday, November 19, 1903

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Thadeaus Benton Gillis

Chief Gillis was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest one of two men for public drunkenness. As he arrested one the other shot him. The 22-year-old suspect was arrested.

Chief Gillis was a Civil War veteran, having served with the 22nd Mississippi Infantry, Company E. In 1863 he was captured while carrying dispatches during the siege of Vicksburg.


  • Age 66
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Arrested

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Chief Gillis your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to the Citizens of and Town of Summit! Continue to Rest in Peace.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D

November 19, 2015

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