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Police Officer Richard Allen Thomas | Washington City Police Department, Pennsylvania Washington City Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Richard Allen Thomas

Washington City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, May 26, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 18 years

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Police Officer Richard Thomas was shot and killed from ambush while walking his beat near the intersection of Forrest Avenue and Highland Avenue.

Officer Thomas was leaving a store and was walking down the stairs from the front porch when he was shot without warning by a man on the sidewalk. He was struck in the face and killed instantly.

The subject who shot him was a criminal who was well known to police officers in the area, and he was married to Officer Thomas' niece. He fled the scene and remained at large for 10 years until turning himself in to the Baltimore Police Department, Maryland, in 1932. He was returned to Pennsylvania where he pleaded guilty to second degree murder and sentenced to nine to 18 years in prison.

Officer Thomas had served with the Washington City Police Department for only a few months. He was survived by his wife and 10 children.

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A cowardly act took your life and left your family without you. I only hope that your murderer faced TRUE justice, not the mere 9-18 years he was sentenced to, if not in this life, than in the next.

God Bless you, Brother and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
May 26, 2017

 

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