End of Watch: Monday, July 25, 1933

Officer Thompson stopped in front of a small cafe at Second and Washington streets for a cup of coffee. Before entering, he walked over to a parked truck to investigate a disturbance being created by a man in the truck. As he approached, the man shot him in the head, instantly killing the officer.

Officer Hull heard the shot, came to the scene, and arrested 50-year-old Joseph Guy Mitchell.

Policeman’s pay was $103.50 per month. The officer’s widow (and 4 children) was entitled to half that amount monthly as long as she lived or until she remarried. Officer Thompson was 36 years old