Chief of Police Dana Lee Thompson

Chief of Police Dana Lee Thompson

Manchester Police Department, Vermont

End of Watch Tuesday, December 12, 1972

Dana Lee Thompson

Chief Dana Thompson was shot and killed and another officer was wounded by one of two suspects after responding to a burglary in progress at a local drug store.

The officers had returned fire and seriously wounded the suspect who shot them. The other suspect escaped but was captured a short time later.

The suspect who killed Chief Thompson was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on October 10, 1973. He hanged himself in prison April 1, 1989.


  • Age 61
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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Very sorry for your family's terrible loss. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your service in our country's law enforcement. RIP

John Haseltine - Civilian

March 29, 2016

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