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Captain Thomas Paul Tennant | Woodburn Police Department, Oregon Woodburn Police Department, Oregon


Thomas Paul Tennant

Woodburn Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch: Friday, December 12, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 28 years, 4 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Bomb

Weapon: Explosives; Bomb

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Captain Tom Tennant and Senior Trooper Bill Hakim, of the Oregon State Police, were killed when a bomb detonated as they examined the device at a bank branch in the 2500 block of Oregon 214.

A bomb threat had been called into a local bank earlier in the day, but the device was determined not to pose a threat. Later in the day a second bomb threat was made to a neighboring bank. A bank employee discovered a suspicious object in the bushes outside of the bank. At some point after officers responded to the scene the device was moved inside the bank.

As Trooper Hakim, Captain Tennant, and the Woodburn police chief examined the device it detonated, fatally injuring Trooper Hakim and Captain Tennant. The police chief was critically injured.

Both suspects, a father and son team, were apprehended, convicted, and sentenced to death.

Captain Tennant had served in law enforcement for 28 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and son.

Captain Tennant is a graduate of the 175th session of the FBI National Academy.

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Senior Trooper William Robert Hakim
Oregon State Police, Oregon
End of Watch: Friday, December 12, 2008
Cause: Bomb

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Hey Capt., I remember times walking through the WPD while you issued me my various patrol equipment. I was the new guy on the block. You were always professional and truly deserved your title...Our department fell apart when you were taken. You are truly missed. Rest in peace brother...

Officer Daniel Kelly
October 25, 2015


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