Officer Thomas Layton Jeffries

Officer Thomas Layton Jeffries

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

End of Watch Monday, July 21, 1997

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Thomas Layton Jeffries

Officer Thomas Jeffries was shot and killed near the intersection of NE Glisan Street and NE 160th Avenue while attempting to apprehend a man wanted in connection with the shooting of a 7-year-old.

As Officer Jeffries was backing up another officer who was stopping the suspect's vehicle, the suspect ran from the car and across some yards. Officer Jeffries pulled into a driveway, exited his vehicle, and immediately came under fire. One round struck his chest just above his vest. He was able to return fire and struck the suspect in the leg.

The suspect dropped his weapon and ran into nearby woods where he was later found and arrested by a canine team.

Officer Jeffries had served with the Portland Police Bureau for five years. He was survived by his expectant wife, also a member of the Portland Police Bureau. Officer Jeffries' son was born after his death.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, July 20, 1997
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and wounded by Patrolman Jeffries

traffic stop, warrant service

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This incident just came flowing back to me after a young officer was killed up in Washington state this week.
I had watch Jeff memorial on t.v then left to go to work. I lived in N. Portland. Saw the big possession of officer behind this hurst. Woke up this morning 45 years after this, couldn't get him out of my mind. I have thought about him, his name often though out the years.hope pray his unborn child grew up knowing that his dad is still alive in a complete stranger heart. He was truly loved and care about forever by a greatful community.

Toni Wilson
Citizen of Portland

March 22, 2022

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