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In Memoriam

Officer James Thornton
End of Watch: October 16, 1937

Officer James W. Thornton was St. Petersburg’s sixth officer to be killed in the line of duty. On October 16, 1937, Officer James Thornton was on his first day of duty with the St. Petersburg Police Department. He and Officer William Newberry ordered an intoxicated man to leave a carnival taking place at Campbell Park. The man returned a short time later with a gun and shot both officers. Officer Thornton died that evening and his partner the following day. The still armed shooter was subsequently shot by another officer after he was found hiding in a local apartment.

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