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Officer Thomas DeVane, V | Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina


Thomas DeVane, V

Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Saturday, August 5, 1865

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 6 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/3/1865

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Never identified

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Officer Thomas DeVane succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two days earlier.

He was accosted at the intersection of 5th Street and Orange Street and shot once in the groin. He was taken to his home where he succumbed to his wounds two days later.

On the same night that Officer DeVane was shot and killed, a group of drunk Union soldiers attacked police officers in several other locations. No suspects were ever identified or arrested in connection with his murder.

Officer DeVane was a Confederate Army veteran and had served with the Wilmington Police Department for only six months. He was survived by his expectant wife and two children.

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Officer DeVane - I have read that "the good soldier is peaceful, the skilled boxer strikes not in anger, and that the victor is not vengeful". I am ashamed to read that Union soldiers may likely have brought about your death. Shame on them.

Thank you for your service to the people of Wilmington and the state of Nort Carolina. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)
April 9, 2012


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