Special Police Officer Tomas January

Special Police Officer Tomas January

Mercedes Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, June 23, 1924

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Tomas January

Special Police Officer Tom January was shot and killed while attempting to break up a fight at a dance hall in Mercedes.

As he attempted to quell the disturbance one of the men involved pulled out a pistol and shot Officer January twice. Despite his wounds, Officer January was able to return fire and killed the subject. A bystander was shot and mortally wounded by the subject as well.

Officer January was survived by his wife and son. He was predeceased by a daughter.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, June 22, 1924
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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No passage of time will ever erase your memory, service and sacrifice, and rest in peace knowing that you will always be remembered.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 23, 2020

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