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Corporal Thomas O. Gillilan | Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama


Thomas O. Gillilan

Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 1, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/28/1970

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Corporal Gillilan was shot when a man he had stopped for speeding on U.S. 331 south in Crenshaw County, overpowered him, took his pistol, and shot him. He died three days later at a Montgomery hospital.

The 22-year-old suspect was apprehended, convicted of first degree murder, and sentenced to life.

Corporal Gillilan was survived by his wife and two children.

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My grandfather i never got to meet. His life cut short in the line of duty while doing his best to protect and serve. Although you was taken s year before i was born. Your legacy in life was never forgotten . I love you and thank my dad your son Melvin E Gillilan for always reminding us boys of the great man we lost out on growing up up with in our lives.

Herman D Gillilan
July 7, 2013


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