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Chief of Police Dana Lee Thompson | Manchester Police Department, Vermont Manchester Police Department, Vermont

Chief of Police

Dana Lee Thompson

Manchester Police Department, Vermont

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 12, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 61

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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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.

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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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