In chapter 24, during Aunt Alexandra's women's missionary society meeting, it was reported that Tom Robinson was shot in jail.
According to this report, the police guards in the prison shot Tom Robinson during the time for exercise. The report stated Tom ran for the fence to escape in a frenzy. The report also stated that the police told him to stop and then they shot a few times into the air to warn him, but it was to no avail.
The police also stated that he would have made it over the fence, if he had two good arms. Finally, they shot him seventeen times.
The question is whether this report is accurate or not. In an unjust society what is said might not actually be what happened. And the very fact that Tom was shot seventeen times is suspicious.