Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 5 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 7/20/1997
Offender: Shot and wounded by Patrolman Jeffries
Officer Thomas Jeffries was shot and killed 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 and 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 some 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 is survived by his expectant wife, also a member of the Portland Police Bureau. Officer Jeffries' son was born after his death.