Deputy Sheriff Hugh Ellis Thomas, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Hugh Ellis Thomas, Jr.

Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, March 28, 1989

Hugh Ellis Thomas, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Hugh Thomas was shot and killed while responding to a prowler call in a rural area of Seminole County near the intersection of Old Mims Road and Snow Hill Road.

When he arrived he was shot by the suspect with a semi-automatic rifle. The suspect then committed suicide.

The suspect had recently been released from jail and was stalking his girlfriend.

Deputy Thomas had served with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office for five years and had previously served as an Explorer with the agency. He was survived by his fiancee, mother, and brother.

He was memorialized in Seminole County by having a road named after him, a law enforcement scholarship created in his honor, and child safety fun books printed in his name.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 17112

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

suspicious person

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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

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