Patrolman Terry Lee Thompson

Patrolman Terry Lee Thompson

Burton Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, July 5, 1983

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Terry Lee Thompson

Patrolman Terry Thompson was shot and killed while responding to a burglary alarm at a local store. The store's alarm monitoring company heard voices inside the store and notified the manager and police department.

The manager let Patrolman Thompson into the store to search it and then waited by the front door. Moments later one of the two 16-year-old suspects shot Patrolman Thompson.

Other officers surrounded the store but were unable to rescue him for two hours, but he had already passed away from his wounds.

His killer was arrested and sentenced to life in prison. An accomplice was convicted of breaking and entering and later released from prison.

Patrolman Thompson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the agency for 8 years. He was survived by his wife, parents, sister, and brother.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 13

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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We never met, but I know your story. We serve the same city. You’re story has shaped us and made us better. Made us closer and made us strengthen the bonds to those who served before us and those who serve now. We will never forget. We have a big day coming and I can assure you that we will do everything in our power to fight for what is right. I’ll let ya know how it goes.

Lt. Kevin Kissel
City of Burton

August 14, 2020

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