Montana Law Enforcement Museum

212 E. Broadway
Philipsburg, MT 59858
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Undersheriff James Thompson

Missoula County Sheriff's Department

Department Patch

Undersheriff Thompson died of heat stroke after riding on horseback for 60 miles in 100-degree temperatures. He had ridden from Missoula to the Flathead Indian Reservation to arrest a man who had escaped from the county jail. When he arrived at the reservation he collapsed. He was put under the care of a doctor but died one week later.
His wife survived Undersheriff Thompson.

End of Watch:
July 1, 1878