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Police Officer Thomas Frederick Ballman | Kirkwood Police Department, Missouri Kirkwood Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer

Thomas Frederick Ballman

Kirkwood Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Thursday, February 7, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 282

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Thomas Ballman and Sergeant William Biggs were shot and killed when a suspect opened fire at a Kirkwood city council meeting. The man had held a grudge against the city council for several years and had filed several lawsuits against the city.

The suspect approached Sergeant Biggs across the street from the city hall and asked him what time the meeting started, then pulled out a handgun and fatally shot him in the head. The man then took Sergeant Biggs' service weapon and walked across the street into the city hall.

When he entered the council chambers, he approached Officer Ballman, who was sitting in the front of the room, and also fatally shot him in the head. The man then opened fire on the other occupants of the room, killing two council members and the director of public works before being shot and killed by two other officers.

Officer Ballman had served with the Kirkwood Police Department for 9 years and had previously served with the St. Charles County Sheriff's Office for 2 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Sergeant William King Biggs, Jr.
Kirkwood Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Thursday, February 7, 2008
Cause: Gunfire

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Friday was a very sad day. It reminded me constantly of my being notified that you had been killed. I cried most of the day. I hope there is a place where all of you heros can spend time because as you knew before me, 5 more came to join you Thursday night. Since I know firsthand how terrible this tragedy can be to a Mother, I am sick that 5 more mothers are now minus their sons.
I love you so much Tom and miss you that much too, You will always be my baby!!!

Sue C. Neely
Mother of Officer Tom Ballman, EOW 2/07/08
Kirkwood, Mo. Police Dept.
July 11, 2016

 

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