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Officer Thomas E. Wright | Decatur Police Department, Alabama Decatur Police Department, Alabama


Thomas E. Wright

Decatur Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Thursday, March 27, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/26/1930

Weapon: Handgun; .41 caliber

Offender: Not available

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Officer Thomas Wright succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day when he and his partner stopped a vehicle for disregarding a stop sign. The driver, who was a local judge, shot Officer Wright in the side with a .41 caliber Derringer. Despite being wounded, Officer Wright was able to drive himself to the police station to seek help. The other officer remained at the scene with the suspect.

Officer Wright received several blood transfusions but succumbed to his wounds the following day.

The shooter was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison, but did not serve any time. He was struck and killed by a motorist while crossing the street.

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Mr. Wright:
My name is Frank DeButy, I am a retired Lieutenant with DPD. I VERY MUCH wish to communicate with you regarding your grandfather. DPD has recognized your grandfather as one of two Officers K.I.L.D., there are two more I have just recently discovered. I am taking steps to make sure there is a proper ceremony honoring such tremendously brave men as your Grandfather. Please use the information given below to contact me. Did you know that your Grandfather's name is etched in the Wall of Fallen Officers in Washington,D.C.? I have rubbings of said etchings.


Frank DeButy Lt. Ret. D.P.D.

Lt.Frank DeButy
Decatur, Ala. Police Dept.
August 29, 2014


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