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Police Officer Thomas Francis Richmond Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer

Thomas Francis "Mongo" McMahon

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 14, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 365

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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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.

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I was in the class as an experienced officer and a go between with the officers and the staff. This was one of my highlights of my 30 year career. Working with Mongo and his classmates. I really had a great friendship with him, as well as the other classmates. Such as sad day when he was killed. Loved Mongo. Sometimes we men find it difficult to admit that we love other men. but this man was very special. RIP in Hollywood Cemetery my friend.

W Ray Williams Homicide Det. retired
Richmond Police Depatment
October 15, 2015


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