Investigator Terry N. Thuma

Investigator Terry N. Thuma

Orlando Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, January 9, 1990

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Terry N. Thuma

Investigator Terry Thuma died of complications caused by a gunshot wound he received 13 years prior.

Investigator Thuma was paralyzed from the breast bone down, between vertebrae T5 and T6, after being shot while serving a drug warrant on July 23, 1977. He came down with a fast acting pneumonia and died in his sleep on January 9, 1990, as a result.

The suspect who shot Investigator Thuma was apprehended but acquitted of the charges.

At the time of his death, Investigator Thuma had served with the Orlando Police Department for over 19 years. He was survived by his two children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 19 years, 6 months
  • Badge 77

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, July 23, 1977
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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Thought of Terry today, 8/25/21.
I had the pleasure of working with Terry early in my career. He had a wonderful witty personality and was a great police officer. He left us way too early!

Mike Wenger MPO Detective
Orlando Police Department

August 25, 2021

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