Town Marshal James Cockrill

Town Marshal James Cockrill

Jackson Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, July 22, 1902

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James Cockrill

Marshal James Cockrill was shot from ambush and killed as he stood in front of a store. His murder was in retaliation for a previous incident in which Marshal Cockrill and his brother, who was also a police officer, shot and killed a man during an arrest.

The deceased man's brother hired a hitman to murder Marshal Cockrill. The brother was convicted of charges in connection with Marshal Cockrill's murder and sentenced to life in prison; the hitman also served time in prison for the murder.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, July 21, 1902
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Marshal Cockrill,
On today, the 114th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jackson.


United States Border Patrol

July 22, 2016

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