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Patrolman Tobin Craig Thomas | Eagle Lake Police Department, Texas Eagle Lake Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

Tobin Craig Thomas

Eagle Lake Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, June 18, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 307

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Tobin Thomas was shot and killed as he was investigating the scene of a murder.

The suspect in that murder was hiding in some long brush near the scene and shot Patrolman Thomas in the back with a shotgun. Patrolman Thomas' vest stopped five pellets and his belt stopped two. However, two pellets passed between his vest and his belt, one of which struck his spine and the other striking an artery, causing internal bleeding.

Despite being mortally wounded, Patrolman Thomas was able to return fire and killed the man.

Patrolman Thomas had served with the Eagle Lake Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and child.

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Tobin, I recently went to your resting place and cleaned your headstone. I will never forget you and what you did for me and my family. Rest easy.

Chief W. E. Lattimore
Columbus PD
April 14, 2017

 

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