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Abilene KS Police Dept. Patch
Resided: Abilene KS, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Nov. 02, 1870
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 40 yrs. of age
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Dept: Abilene Police Dept. - KS
Abilene, KS   USA
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: City Marshal
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
On The Job: 1 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: KS   USA   Wed. Nov. 02, 1870
Summary: Marshal Thomas Smith was shot and killed and his body mutilated while he and a deputy attempted to serve a warrant. During the incident a shootout ensued and Marshal Smith was wounded. The deputy then fled the area. The suspect, who remained at the scene, then decapitated Marshal Smith with an axe.

Two suspects were arrested in connection with Marshal Smith's murder; one suspect was sentenced to 12 years in state penitentiary, the other suspect was sentenced to 16 years in state penitentiary.

Marshal Smith had been with the agency for one year and also held a commission as a United States Marshal; he had previously served with the New York City Police, Kit Carson Police in Colorado, as City Marshall of Bear River, Wyoming, and as a law agent for the Union Pacific Kansas Railroad line. He is buried in Abilene Cemetery, Abilene, Kansas.

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