Patrolman Thomas "Fox" Abrams

Patrolman Thomas "Fox" Abrams

Spartanburg Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, January 7, 1962

Thomas "Fox" Abrams

Patrolman Thomas Abrams was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance at a club on East Valley Street, near Henry Street.

He was attempting to arrest a man when the subject produced a .22 caliber revolver and shot him in the chest.

The suspect was captured and committed to a mental hospital in Columbia. He was released after spending 12 years in the facility.

Patrolman Abrams was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Spartanburg Police Department for 11 years. He is believed to be the first African American hired by the department.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Served 12 years in mental hospital

disturbance, EDP

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