Chief of Police Thomas Linn Mathews

Chief of Police Thomas Linn Mathews

Galesburg Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, October 17, 1915

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Thomas Linn Mathews

Chief Thomas Mathews was shot and killed as he and three of his officers raided a suspected bootlegging establishment.

The suspect was arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to life. He was denied parole in 1931.

Chief Mathews had served with the Galesburg Police Department for one year.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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100+ years and we remember your sacrifice and are thankful to your service.

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Galesburg P.D.

May 19, 2018

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