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 you inspired me to be the best I could be to keep trying and never give up on my dream no matter what people say or think about me...That if I could just believe in my self that I could accomplish my goal and achieve my dreams..Thank you for believing in me when no one else did and I am finally making my dreams come true and achieved my goals...I am now in the doc academy and halfway through and hold the title of Corrections officer one...god bless your sacrifice. Miss you always I believe we were police cadets together.. I met you once and that memory I will treasure for the rest of my life

CO1 Angela shafer dept of corrections in Missouri

January 10, 2018

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