Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 12 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 10/1/1981
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Sentenced to death
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.