Town Marshal John R. Simpson

Town Marshal John R. Simpson

Danville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, October 22, 1880

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John R. Simpson

Town Marshal John Simpson was shot and killed while attempting to arrest three men who were firing their weapons in town along Second Street.

Marshal Simpson had advised the men that they could continue having fun, but could not fire the guns in town. The group moved down Second Street and then began to fire again. When Marshal Simpson and another officer attempted to arrest them they were both shot. Marshal Simpson was killed and the other officer, as well as a citizen, were wounded.

Three subjects were charged with Marshal Simpson's murder. Charges were dismissed against one and the other two were pardoned by the governor before their trials were held.

Marshal Simpson was a widower and survived by six children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Pardoned

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Marshal Simpson,
On today, the the 137th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Danville.


United States Border Patrol

October 22, 2017

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