Constable
Thomas Cummins
Jefferson Township Constable's Office
Tuesday, September 28, 1886

Age: 40
Served: 9 years, 11 months
Badge #:
Panel 56W, Line 28 (2012)
Included (2012)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, September 28, 1886
03:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
State Road 145, Birdseye
Incident County:
Dubois
Incident Township:
Jefferson
Weapon Used:
Revolver
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to 2 years
Burial Place:
Mentor Cemetery, Mentor

   Constable Thomas Cummins was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a subject for illegally carrying concealed weapons.

   The subject had come to the area making numerous illegal arrests claiming to be a private detective. When confronted by Constable Cummins at a saloon in Birdseye, he was shot in the abdomen by the man with a revolver concealed in his coat sleeve.

   Constable Cummings was taken to a house nearby and died about a half-hour later.

   The suspect escaped into the woods but turned himself in the following week. He was later found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison.

   Constable Cummins was survived by his wife, ten children, brother and father.



The responsibilities of the Jefferson Township Constable's Office are now under the jurisdiction of the Dubois County Sheriff's Department.


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