Police Officer Molly Suzanne Thomas-Bowden

Police Officer Molly Suzanne Thomas-Bowden

Columbia Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, February 10, 2005

Molly Suzanne Thomas-Bowden

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.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge 207

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, January 10, 2005
  • Weapon Handgun; .380 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Molly your smile lives on forever in our hearts and minds. We miss and love you. You are gone but never forgotten. Thank you for your sacrifice to protect our community. There are still many great officers that live on through your legacy that are protecting and serving our great community still and I am thankful for that. You were one of a kind with the most giving, generous, loving, kind heart and soul. Love you forever and always.

Nicole Riley and 207 Sisters

July 23, 2018

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