Officer Tom Allen

Officer Tom Allen

Austin Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, October 24, 1915

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Tom Allen

Officer Tom Allen was shot and killed by a newspaper reporter during a dispute about articles the reporter had written. The reporter wrote several articles that Officer Allen had mistreated women during arrests. The man met Officer Allen at a drug store and shot him.

Officer Allen was part of Austin's Mounted Patrol, and the second African American Austin lawman. He was reportedly killed 30 feet from where Officer John Gaines had been killed 1913 and is buried in Round Rock Cemetery, Williamson County, Texas.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 51

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Allen,
On today, the 98th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Austin.


United States Border Patrol

October 24, 2013

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