Town Marshal George Thomas

Town Marshal George Thomas

Pineville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, July 30, 1887

George Thomas

Town Marshal George Thomas was shot and killed while riding with a posse attempting to arrest a group of men who had shot up a home as part of a long standing feud.

The posse arrived at the location in the Yellow Fork section of Bell County during the night, but the suspects had been warned and had been able to escape. The posse members stayed at a local home with the intent of continuing the search in the morning.

At approximately 10:00 am, a man involved in the feud arrived at the home and started arguing with the homeowner and the posse. As he rode away he attempted to shoot at the posse but his gun jammed. Several posse members fired at him, and then moments later several suspects opened fire from hidden locations in adjacent cornfields surrounding the house.

Town Marshal Thomas was shot once in the chest and killed. The other posse members were able to escape. Two men were eventually arrested and charged in connection with Town Marshal Thomas' murder.

Town Marshal Thomas was survived by his wife and several brothers.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Apprehended

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Marshal Thomas,
On today, the 128th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pineville.


United States Border Patrol

July 30, 2015

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