Patrolman Thomas Dodsworth

Patrolman Thomas Dodsworth

Champaign Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, July 6, 1913

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Thomas Dodsworth

Patrolman Thomas Dodsworth was shot and killed and the police chief was seriously wounded while attempting to arrest two bootlegging suspects which resulted in one suspect being killed and the other being wounded.

Patrolman Dodsworth and his chief went to a bootleggers home to arrest him. The chief entered the home as Patrolman Dodsworth, who was standing guard outside, heard two gunshots and entered to find his chief in a desperate struggle with the suspect. He managed to pull the suspect off of his chief as the suspect shot him (Dodsworth) three times. The chief managed to secure his revolver, lost during the struggle, and shot and killed the suspect. He then shot and wounded a second bootlegger who ran in and tried to attack him. Patrolman Dodsworth died at the scene. The two shots he heard were fired by the deceased suspect which badly mangled the chief's shoulder.

Patrolman Dodsworth was credited with saving his chief's life. The second suspect was convicted of complicity in the murder and sentenced to eight years.

Patrolman Dodsworth had served with the Champaign Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 707

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender One killed, one wounded

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