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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Officer January,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Mercedes.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

June 23, 2024

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