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Patrolman Otto Thomas | Clinton Police Department, Oklahoma Clinton Police Department, Oklahoma

Patrolman

Otto Thomas

Clinton Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Friday, June 26, 1953

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/26/1953

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Thomas was shot to death while arresting three burglary suspects.

Patrolman Thomas was investigating a burglary when he went to Bell's Tavern, in the Lincoln Edition of Clinton. He arrested three suspects in the bar and began to walk them out the front door. One of the suspect's father approached the patrolman with a .32 caliber pistol and shot him four times in the chest before he could react.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Thomas was survived by is wife who lived just blocks from where her husband was killed.

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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 59th anniversary year of your death. 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
November 30, 2012

 

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