Deputy Sheriff Malachi Thomas Thacker

Deputy Sheriff Malachi Thomas Thacker

Yell County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Friday, December 27, 1929

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Malachi Thomas Thacker

Deputy Sheriff Malachi Thacker was shot and killed while he and another deputy served a warrant on a juvenile at the boy's home.

Malachi T. Thacker was appointed as a Special Deputy on the afternoon of December 27, 1929. Thacker, who was a United States Postal Carrier, accompanied Deputy Robert Gatlin and Deputy Arthur “Poss” Mitchell, to apprehend a mentally ill man reportedly causing disturbances in the Waltreak Community.

While they were handcuffing the boy, the father opened a door to the room and shot Deputy Thacker with a shotgun.

Deputy Thacker was survived by his wife, four children, four brothers, and a sister.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

warrant service

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