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Patrolman Ollie D. Thomas | Des Moines Police Department, Iowa Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

Patrolman

Ollie D. Thomas

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Thursday, August 20, 1925

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 236

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 8 years

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Patrolman Ollie Thomas was shot and killed while on duty. Another officer was on routine patrol when he heard a gunshot wound near 3rd and Locust. Knowing that Patrolman Thomas often parked his cruiser there, he rushed to the scene. He found Patrolman Thomas lying dead on the roof of a nearby building.

The suspect was eventually arrested in New Jersey and claimed he shot Patrolman Thomas during a domestic dispute. He was able to plea bargain for a lesser charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Patrolman Thomas had served with the Des Moines Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

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Rest in Peace, Patrolman Thomas. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
May 26, 2013

 

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