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- Oct. 28, 1891 -
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US Marshal Patch
Resided: OK, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Oct. 28, 1891
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 38 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: U.S. Marshals Service
OK   USA
Dept. Type: Federal/Police
Hero's Rank: Deputy Marshal
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 4 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: OK   USA   Wed. Oct. 28, 1891
Summary: Marshal Thornton was shot and killed in the Creek country while trying to arrest two men on warrants, one for horse theft and another for murder.

Marshal Thornton and a posse man went to the house of the horse thief and didn't locate them. They then went to search the house of another outlaw. As they approached the house, they were fired upon. They were fired upon from three locations and returned fire at every opportunity. Marshal Thornton was hit, told his partner "I'm sick," fired one more shot, and fell over dead.

The horse thief was captured two days short of a year afterward, but later escaped.

At the time of the organization of the Oklahoma territory he was a leading candidate for the appointment of United States Marshal. He had previously served in New Mexico and Texas.

Marshal Thornton was survived by his father and brother. He was buried in Peoria, Illinois.

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