Town Marshal John T. Skaggs

Town Marshal John T. Skaggs

Clarkson Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, October 20, 1910

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John T. Skaggs

Town Marshal John Skaggs was shot and killed in Henderson, Kentucky, while returning a prisoner to the Henderson County Jail. The prisoner had been arrested the previous week for stealing a horse in Leitchfield. As the marshal and the prisoner walked through Henderson's central park en route to the jail the prisoner produced a pistol, he got from an unknown source, and shot Marshal Skaggs, The prisoner then fled the area.

The 18-year-old prisoner was re-arrested after a chase in Daviess County the following week. He tried to blame the murder on a unknown man who walked up behind them and shot the marshal. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life on February 8, 1911.

Town Marshal Skaggs was survived by his wife and daughter. He was buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Marshal Skaggs,
On today, the 105th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Clarkson.


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