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Officer Thomas Philip Coleman | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California


Thomas Philip Coleman

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Friday, June 11, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 7 years, 8 months

Badge # 17338

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Thomas Coleman was killed in a motorcycle accident while pursuing a traffic violator he was attempting to stop in Redlands.

At 6:30 am, Officer Coleman was traveling northbound on Mountain View, just north of Interstate 10, when his motorcycle collided with a semitrailer at the intersection of San Bernardino Avenue and Alabama Street approximately one minute into the pursuit. The vehicle he was pursuing crashed into another vehicle moments later and all four occupants were apprehended. The driver was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Officer Coleman succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene.

Officer Coleman had served with the California Highway Patrol for over 7½ years and was assigned to the San Bernardino Area of the Inland Division. He was a US Marine Corps veteran. Officer Coleman is survived by his wife, 2-year-old son, 8-month-old daughter, brother, three sisters and parents.

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