Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 3 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Officer James Thomas was shot and killed when he interrupted an armed robbery at a convenience store. Officer Thomas was in uniform when he walked into the store and was shot by one of two robbers.
In 1986, after a three year investigation of 11 unsolved murders, including Officer Thomas', Broward County deputies and FBI agents arrested several members of the notorious Outlaws Motorcycle Gang. An investigation into their activities revealed that two former members were the suspects wanted for Officer Thomas' murder. One had been killed in a motorcycle accident in Kentucky a few weeks after the murder. The other suspect, who was implicated as the gunman, was captured by FBI agents in Anderson, South Carolina, on July 7, 1993. He was charged with Officer Thomas' murder, armed robbery, and several other crimes. On November 14, 1994, in a plea bargain arrangement, he pleaded guilty to extortion and drug dealing and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. All other charges including the murder charge were dropped.
Officer Thomas is survived by his wife and daughter. He had served with the Dania Police Department for three years.