Marshal Lon F. Jones

Marshal Lon F. Jones

Piedmont Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, April 10, 1896

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Lon F. Jones

Marshal Jones was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for disturbing the peace and for discharging a gun in a saloon. The suspect was arrested, convicted of murder and sentenced to 10 years. On May 31, 1900, he was stabbed to death by his cell mate.

Marshal Jones had been elected Marshal for one year.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Killed in prison

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Southern Missouri was a wild place in those days often called the Rackensack, a term for "wilderness".
The life of police officer would, without a doubt, be stressful in that sort of setting.
Medicine, transportation, assistance, communication would all be very slow in those days, the 1890's.
But, things have changed in many ways here in the 21stC.
And, that's a part of what any officer back in the day or now bring to the table....the sense of organized commuity, of improving community. We work to serve and preserve. May God Bless the sacrifice these heroes make for all of us.

Lt. Donn Hornberger
State of Illinois, DOC

May 31, 2013

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