Town Marshal
James Joshua Payne
Fairmount Police Department
Thursday, November 26, 1903

Age: 56
Served:
Badge #:
Military Service:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, November 26, 1903
01:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Fifth and Main streets, Fairmount
Incident County:
Grant
Incident Township:
Fairmount
Weapon Used:
Revolver
Suspect Info:
Apprehended
Burial Location:
Park Cemetery, Fairmount

   Marshal James Payne was shot and killed after he arrested a suspect for the burglary of a local store the previous evening.

   Marshal Payne took the suspect into custody and as they proceeded to walk toward the jail, the suspect pulled a revolver at the corner of Fifth and Main streets, fatally wounding the marshal. The suspect held back a gathering crowd, firing at three citizens who came to assist Marshal Payne as he lay dying in the street. The suspect fled from the town, but was shot and wounded during his escape.

   The suspect, who had been released from prison six months earlier after serving a two-year sentence for burglary, was captured three days later by police in Tiffin, Ohio.