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Police Officer Molly Suzanne Thomas-Bowden | Columbia Police Department, Missouri Columbia Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer

Molly Suzanne Thomas-Bowden

Columbia Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Thursday, February 10, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 3 years, 6 months

Badge # 207

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/10/2005

Weapon: Handgun; .380 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Molly Thomas-Bowden succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained one month earlier when she was shot during a traffic stop.

The officer was initially shot and wounded in the shoulder. As she retreated to the rear of the suspect's vehicle for cover, the suspect exited and shot her in the neck. After she fell to the ground, the suspect shot at her two more times, striking her in the neck again.

The following morning, the suspect shot and wounded a second Columbia officer who was staking out his mother's home. The suspect then committed suicide.

Officer Thomas-Bowden had served with the agency for 3 1/2 years. She is survived by her husband, also an officer with the Columbia Police Department, two stepsons, parents, and a brother.

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