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Patrolman Frederick Thomas | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman

Frederick Thomas

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, August 14, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 5691

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/12/1924

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Thomas was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a robbery suspect.

Patrolman Thomas was walking his beat on 9th Avenue in Manhattan when he was approached by a taxi driver who said he had been robbed. He told Patrolman Thomas that he drove a man to a building at 412 West 53rd Street and when they arrived, the man robbed him at gunpoint.

Patrolman Thomas and another Patrolman rode on the running board of the taxi to the location. When they arrived, the taxi driver pointed out a man standing in front of the location as the man who had robbed him. Patrolman Thomas jumped from the taxi and approached the suspect. As he closed in, the suspect, who's hands where in his pocket, fired two shots through his suit jacket from a revolver that was in his pocket.

Patrolman Thomas was stuck and fell to the ground. Another Patrolman pursued the suspect, firing six shots as him, but was unable to apprehended him.

Patrolman Thomas was taken to Roosevelt hospital where he died two days later from his wounds.

Patrolman Thomas, a World War I veteran, had served with the New York City Police Department for two years. He was assigned to the Midtown North Precinct.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 89th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
February 21, 2013

 

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