Police Officer Thomas Francis "Mongo" McMahon

Police Officer Thomas Francis "Mongo" McMahon

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, October 14, 1998

Thomas Francis "Mongo" McMahon

Police Officer Thomas McMahon was shot and killed after a vehicle was chased into Richmond from an adjoining jurisdiction.

An officer from the Henrico County Police Department attempted to stop the suspect on I-95 after reports that he was driving erratically. The suspect then led the officer on a slow speed chase through a shopping center and fired several shots at the officer.

Richmond Police joined the chase and were able to stop the truck. The suspect then opened fire from inside his truck, striking Officer McMahon in the upper body, abdomen, and arm. Although he was wearing a kevlar vest, the fatal shot struck him in the femoral artery, causing him to bleed to death. Officer McMahon had not yet exited his vehicle before being shot.

The suspect then held other officers at bay for several hours before opening fire on them again. Officers returned fire, fatally wounding the suspect.

Officer McMahon had been with the Richmond Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his fiancee.

Bio

  • Age 46
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 365

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

vehicle pursuit

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Officer McMahon,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Richmond. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
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