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Trooper First Class Thomas Dean Hercules | West Virginia State Police, West Virginia West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

Trooper First Class

Thomas Dean Hercules

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 12, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 19 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/12/1977

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Committed suicide

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Trooper Thomas Hercules and Trooper Charles Johnson were shot and killed in Paw Paw, West Virginia, while serving an arrest warrant on a burglary suspect. After the initial arrest the officers took the suspect to his home to allow him to collect some personal belongings. Trooper Hercules waited in the patrol car as Trooper Johnson took him inside.

While inside the suspect was able to gain control of Trooper Johnson's service weapon and shot him to death. The man then ran outside and exchanged shots with Trooper Hercules. The suspect then stole the patrol car and fled. He committed suicide three days later as officers closed in on his location.

Trooper Hercules had served with the agency for 19 years and was a veteran of the Korean War having served with the Marines. He was survived by his wife, Shirley, and their sons Allen and David.

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Trooper Charles Henry Johnson
West Virginia State Police, West Virginia
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 12, 1977
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Laslater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. He was also your brother in green so I bid you semper fi.

Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all of those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever, .

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 12, 2012

 

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