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Officer Thomas Layton Jeffries | Portland Police Bureau, Oregon Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

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Thomas Layton Jeffries

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

End of Watch: Monday, July 21, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/20/1997

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and wounded by Patrolman Jeffries

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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.

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At Estacada High School, Tom was my best friend. We both graduated, in 1980. Still remember him, at graduation. And remember the plays we did together. And, in the Clackamas County News, guffawing over his columns.

But, drop his clever writing, remember so much that we did, together. Tom's death is still a hole in my heart, and will be, as long as I am breathing.

Dean Moore
Junior High, High School friend
May 17, 2015

 

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