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Police Officer Tommy L. Thedford | Bessemer Police Department, Alabama Bessemer Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer

Tommy L. Thedford

Bessemer Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Thursday, October 1, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer Thedford was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a burglary suspect following a stake out. The suspect opened fire when Officer Thedford identified himself.

The suspect was a convicted killer recently released from prison. He had served two years of a 12 year sentence for second degree murder. Since 1966 he had been arrested for burglary ten times. He was also under indictment for attempted murder since his release. He was convicted of Officer Thedford's murder and sentenced to death.

Officer Thedford was survived by his wife and child.

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Rest in peace my brother, you are not forgotten. Your faithful service is remembered today and always. May God bless your family for losing you much to soon.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City PD
October 2, 2015


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