Patrolman
Thomas W. Lannon
Kokomo Police Department
Wednesday, August 22, 1877

Age: 28
Served: 3 months
Badge #:
Military Service:
Panel 6W, Line 2
Panel L22, Line 5

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, August 22, 1877
06:55 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
1105 North Main Street, Kokomo
Incident County:
Howard
Incident Township:
Center
Weapon Used:
Revolver
Suspect Info:
Died while on parole
Burial Location:
Saint Mary Cemetery, Richmond

   Patrolman Thomas Lannon was shot and killed at the Junction Depot platform after being ambushed by a suspect he had arrested four weeks earlier. As Patrolman Lannon spoke with a friend the suspect approached from behind and opened fire on him without warning, striking him twice. The suspect fled the scene, but turned himself in a short time later.

   The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. In 1878, the governor granted clemency four days before the execution and commuted the offender's death sentence to life in prison. After serving nearly 22 years, he was granted parole and died in 1902.

   Patrolman Lannon was single and survived by two sisters.